Indiana county battling HIV to continue needle exchange

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – An Indiana county at the center of the state’s drug abuse-related HIV outbreak will continue its needle exchange for up to a year, local officials said on Thursday. Scott County is the first county in the Midwestern state to be approved to provide clean needles to battle the outbreak linked to intravenous drug use. Governor Mike Pence had signed a law earlier this month that allows counties to seek permission for such programs when fighting HIV or Hepatitis C epidemics tied to drug abuse, although it provides no funding.
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