- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (AP) - Campbell County’s government has voted in support of creating a needle exchange to grant heroin users access to clean syringes.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1OftCQS ) reports that Campbell County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 in favor of the exchange at their Wednesday meeting after hearing more than an hour of debate.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department, which must approve the exchange, has been trying to establish the programs in order to help curb soaring hepatitis C rates in the region, which has a rate nearly 20 times higher than the nation’s average.

Kenton County approved a plan in March for a mobile needle exchange unit in Covington. Kenton County and Covington officials both stipulated either Campbell County or Boone County need to join them in creating a needle exchange for a plan to move forward.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com



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