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Health Commissioner's Statement On CDC Syringe Exchange Program
Updated August 28, 2017 6:52 AM | Filed under: Health
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., today applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for clarifying its findings related to the Scott County, Indiana, syringe exchange program and its impact on the frequency of drug use among participants. A letter from the CDC was presented at Friday's meeting of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

"The CDC has clearly stated that syringe exchange programs do not increase injection drug use and that access to sterile injection equipment decreases unsafe behaviors that can spread diseases like HIV and hepatitis C," Dr. Adams said. "It's important to provide communities considering syringe exchange programs the facts and science about these programs, and this letter does that."

A copy of the CDC letter can be found at

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