Madison County plans 4 sites for needle-exchange program

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Health officials are working to open four needle-exchange sites in a central Indiana county after being granted state approval for the program because of disease being spread among intravenous drug users.

The Madison County Health Department wants to have the sites open in about a month — two in Anderson and one each in Alexandria and Elwood.

County public health coordinator Stephanie Grimes tells the Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1GDKUDa ) that people using the program will have access to other services at each site, such as substance abuse programs.

The state health commissioner approved Madison County’s public health emergency request on Tuesday because of an increased number of hepatitis C cases. It is the state’s second needle-exchange program, following southern Indiana’s Scott County, which is facing an HIV outbreak.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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