Indiana legalized syringe exchanges to prevent the spread of HIV & hepatitis C. But counties have to re-approve them every two years to keep operating.
Dr. William Cooke credits Scott County's syringe exchange with dramatically slowing the 2015 HIV outbreak.
The Lawrence County Commissioners voted Tuesday to end the county's syringe exchange program after a year of operation.
Since the state legalized county-based syringe exchanges in 2015, nine counties have started or made plans to start a needle exchange program.
The lawsuit alleges drugs made by the manufacturers contributed to the county's ongoing opioid epidemic.
Last month, the CDC sent a letter to the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention asking it to correct a 2016 report.
The letter states that syringe exchange programs reduce the spread of disease and do not increase the rate of community drug use.
Surgeon General Nominee Jerome Adams was asked a lot about Indiana's HIV outbreak during his confirmation hearing Tuesday.
During his tenure overseeing public health in Indiana, Jerome Adams supervised the roll-out of the needle exchange programs legalized in 2015.
Critics of Madison County’s exchange say money that currently goes to buying needles would be better spent on treatment and education.