Covington commissioners approve needle exchange

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Courtesy: MGN Online

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The city of Covington has taken a step toward supporting its own needle exchange program.

News outlets report that city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that supports the program, which would allow participants to anonymously receive clean hypodermic needles and syringes in exchange for used ones.

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The program is still subject to approval of the Kenton County Fiscal Court.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has been trying to establish the exchanges in its district at four health centers – Williamstown, Covington, Newport and Florence – in order to help curb soaring hepatitis C rates in northern Kentucky, which has a rate nearly 20 times higher than the nation.

An exchange opened last week in Williamstown, but none of the other locations have been approved for a site yet.

 

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