Public health emergency declared for Lawrence County, Ind. over - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Public health emergency declared for Lawrence County, Ind. over hepatitis C epidemic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Indiana State Health Commissioner has declared a public health emergency for Lawrence County, Indiana over the spread of hepatitis C, according to a news release. 

The declaration will run through Sept. 29, 2017, and enables the county health department to establish a needle exchange program.

"As we fight the national opioid epidemic, we've seen time and again that rising hepatitis C rates can be a sign that injection drug use is occurring in a community," said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, according to the news release. "Syringe exchange is one tool that can help prevent the spread of disease, so long as it's part of a response that also includes access to testing, treatment and other services critical to improving individuals' health."

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