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Grant Will Help Offset Cost Of Monroe County Needle Exchange Program
Updated January 8, 2016 6:44 AM | Filed under: Health
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Monroe County Health Department was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis and AIDS United to help fund its syringe exchange program.

The grant will be used to help Recovery Alliance, who is overseeing the exchange program to offset the expenses of insurance, gas, vehicle maintenance and supplies.

The county's program will be primarily mobile, traveling to different locations every month.

The nonprofit organization Indiana Recovery Alliance volunteers will staff and administer the exchange.

Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department Administrator, says the county has not allocated any money in the budget and there is no state funding tied to the programs.

The program will begin as soon as the organization requires the needed insurance.

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