LFCHD: 1,000 participants in needle-exchange program in December

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Courtesy: Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's Facebook page

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says December was a busy month for its needle-exchange program.

The department says last month it collected more than 40,000 used needles for proper disposal.

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The program also had 1,040 visitors, including 61 first-time participants, and provided 185 free naloxone kits, which are used to reverse opioid overdoses.

The health department also says 15 people used on-site referrals to rehabilitation services for addiction, bringing the total to 260.

Officials say the purpose of the program is to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV.

The needle-exchange program is located in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at 650 Newtown Pike and it is free, anonymous and confidential, according to officials.

The office hours are as follows:

Monday 1:00 – 4:00  p.m.

Wednesday 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The free naloxone kits are given out on Fridays, and so officials tell participants to plan for an extra 10-20 minutes to take a class if they’d like one.