News Sections
Audio
Monroe County One Step Closer To Needle Exchange Program
Updated September 8, 2015 3:10 PM | Filed under: Health
 Print    Archive    RSS

(BLOOMINGTON) - Monroe County is one step closer to opening a needle exchange program in Bloomington.

At a public hearing Friday morning, Monroe County commissioners voted unanimously to seek approval from the state health department. If approved, residents could start exchanging used needles for unused ones within the month.

The commissioners' decision came after a public health emergency was declared about two weeks ago due to an increase in hepatitis C infections related to injection drug use.

Monroe County has one of the highest numbers of new Hepatitis C cases in Indiana. In 2009, the Indiana State Department of Health confirmed 63 new cases of Hepatitis C in Monroe County. Last year, it was 138.

The increase of Hepatitis C cases among intravenous drug users led to an HIV epidemic in Scott County earlier this year. More than 100 people became infected with HIV when they shared used needles to inject Opana, a highly addictive prescription drug.

Within the next week, the county health department will meet with its partners to put together a proposal for a county needle exchange program, which will then be sent to the Indiana State Department of Health for approval.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams has 10 calendar days from the date of the submission to approve or deny the request, according to state law.



« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to comments@wbiw.com

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW


1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2018 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   WBIW.com and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback