Kenton County approves Covington needle exchange program
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A needle exchange program in Covington has moved another step closer to reality.
Media outlets report that Kenton County Fiscal Court on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan for a mobile unit in the city.
The Northern Kentucky Board of Health must still approve the plan, which also includes a condition that Boone and Campbell counties be required to join the effort against needle sharing.
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.
So far, Williamstown is the region’s only health center to launch a needle exchange program.
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