GOP questions legality of Louisville’s needle exchange

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican state Senate president says Louisville’s new needle exchange program might be violating state law.

A state law passed earlier this year to fight the state’s heroin problem allows local governments to set up a program to allow people to "exchange hypodermic needles and syringes." The exchange set up by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health promises to give away clean needles even if the person requesting them does not have dirty needles to exchange.

Sen. Robert Stivers wrote a letter to Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway asking his opinion on whether the program violates the law. A spokesman for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The needle exchange program was one of the most debated provisions of the new law.


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