Lexington-Fayette County Health Department celebrates 3 years of needle-exchange program

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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It has been three years since the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has opened their needle-exchange program.

The health department says on September 4, 2015 that nine people walked through their doors to turn in used needles in an effort to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV.

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They say that since then, they have expanded into a larger area, added new days and hours to turn in needles, provided on-site referrals to recovery centers, and have started offering free Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses.

They say that through their program, they’ve served more than 2,880 people and taken in more than 532,000 used needles. They have also had 138 people enter recovery programs.