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.
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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