The public showed overwhelming support for the syringe exchange proposal at a public meeting, prompting the commissioners to take an unplanned vote.
The bill establishes a task force to identify best practices for fighting the country’s opioid epidemic.
Overdose deaths have also increased with acute hepatitis cases.
State health department officials say reasons for that increase could include more testing, an increase in test accuracy and a rise in injection drug use.
Police arrested Michael Pinner Wednesday during a “Buy-bust” at the Martinsville Walmart.
Since February of 2015, 191 people have tested positive for HIV in Scott County.
Justin Phillips has committed her time to advocating for awareness about heroin addiction and treatment since losing her son Aaron to a heroin overdose.
If approved, the program would be the seventh request and the fifth approved syringe exchange in Indiana.
Wayne County ranks fourth in the state in Hepatitis C cases, so health officials declared a public health emergency in October.
The naloxone kits come at no cost to the university and will allow officers to immediately help those who overdose on opioids.