- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The Bowling Green City Commission has approved a needle exchange program aimed at fighting the spread of disease.

The Bowling Green Daily News (https://bit.ly/29iIQr7) reports the program, which was passed Tuesday, is being developed by the Warren County Health Department.

Barren River District Health Department spokesman Dennis Chaney says some of program’s goals are to get dirty needles off the streets and to educate users about the danger of spreading disease through needle sharing.

The program also aims to encourage users to get tested and educate them on available resources to fight addiction.

A bill passed by Kentucky lawmakers in March allows needle exchanges to be set up throughout the state.

Chaney says the program would be offered at the Warren County Health Department but could expand to other locations.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com

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