Clark County needle exchange program delayed due to lack of funding
Health officials in Clark County, Ind., say a planned needle exchange program has been delayed.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Health officials in Clark County, Ind., say a planned needle exchange program has been delayed.
The program was slated to start the first week in October, but according to Dr. Kevin Burke with the Clark County Health Department, the exchange program won't get started for at least a couple of months.
Burke added the county still needs funding for the program. The program will cost $50,000 for the first six months. Just for clean needles and supplies, they need $15,000. Until they get the funding, the program is on pause.
"We could obviously start with a smaller amount of money, but we would not have the duration of supplies as those funds run out," Dr. Burke said.
Indiana law states that federal or state money can't be used to fund the needle exchange program.
Health department officials have said they are working with a private group out of Indianapolis, and hope that the group can help with funding and with the needles. Burke says they still need to train staff for the program as well.
If you would like to volunteer, you are asked to contact the Clark County Health Department and give them your contact information.
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Clark County is still listed in a "state of emergency" from the state health department due to an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis.
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