Louisville’s needle-exchange program spreads to suburbs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville’s needle-exchange program is spreading to the suburbs.
Starting next Thursday, the city’s first community exchange site will open at Lake Dreamland Fire Station in southwestern Louisville.
Metro health officials said Thursday they’re hoping to open other neighborhood sites where people can swap dirty needles for clean ones.
The goal is to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C and steer drug users toward treatment.
Louisville started its needle-exchange program in June in a trailer downtown at the city’s Public Health and Wellness headquarters.
Health officials say there have been almost 900 participants so far and more than 100 people voluntarily tested for HIV.
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green says people shouldn’t be fearful of needle-exchange sites bringing drug users to neighborhoods. She says neighborhoods already have drug problems.
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