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Vote put off on Wayne Co. syringe exchange

Posted at 12:20 PM, Apr 10, 2016

RICHMOND, Ind. -- Commissioners in eastern Indiana's Wayne County have put off a decision on applying for a syringe exchange program.

Wayne County commissioners tabled voting on the program April 6, waiting until paperwork is done that's to be filed with the state health commissioner. The Palladium-Item (http://pinews.co/1qxeZmw) reports the issue will go before commissioners again at their next meeting April 13.

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Wayne County Health Department executive director Eric Coulter said at a hearing last month that the county's hepatitis C situation is "desperate" and that he supports having an exchange program.

Fayette, Madison, Monroe and Scott counties have won state approval for needle exchanges under a law that lets counties ask for approval for the programs. The law was approved last year in response to an HIV outbreak in Scott County.

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