Jessamine County needle-exchange program approved

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Needle Exchange Program

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Nicholasville-Jessamine County has become the fourth community in Kentucky to adopt a needle-exchange program.

Media outlets report the Jessamine Fiscal Court voted 4-2 last week for the program, which will allow addicts to anonymously exchange used needles for clean, sterile ones at the local health department.

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Jessamine County Health Department Public Health Director Randy Gooch says the program is set to start during the beginning of April.

Gooch says the cost of treating hepatitis C and HIV infections that are resulting from the use of unclean needles is enormous. He says Kentucky has the highest rate of hepatitis C infections in the country.

Lexington, Louisville and Falmouth already have needle-exchange programs. Proposals have been under discussion in Frankfort, Paris and other communities across the state.

 

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