JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana county that sought state approval in December for a needle exchange is still trying to satisfy the state's requests for information.

Clark County Health Commissioner Kevin Burke asked the State Department of Health on Dec. 15 to approve a plan to provide clean syringes to intravenous drug users to help combat the county's HIV epidemic.

The News and Tribune reports sate officials asked Burke to solidify the county's contracts with its partners who would help fund and staff that program.

Burke says officials also asked him to reword his official county HIV epidemic declaration to better conform to statutory requirements and language.

State Department of Health spokeswoman Jennifer O'Malley says the agency is still awaiting the additional information it requested from Clark County.

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