Grant County officials approve needle exchange program

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) – The Northern Kentucky Health Department is set to get its first needle exchange program.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports Grant County Fiscal Court agreed Monday to have the program in the department’s Williamstown Health Center.

Grant County is the eighth in the state to approve a syringe-access exchange program.

Dr. Lynne Saddler, the health department’s district director, says the programs aren’t only a response to the region’s heroin epidemic, but are also a crucial step to prevent the spread of hepatitis C and HIV in communities.

Health department spokeswoman Emily Gresham-Wherle says the program’s opening date wasn’t immediately decided.

The health department’s concept will exchange clean for contaminated needles, and provide testing and other services that the department already offers. Another goal is to help guide drug users toward treatment.

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