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.
The state estimates that there are about 500 people who abuse drugs in Austin and the number of those infected with HIV has grown to 190.
Hancock County currently has no recovery houses for those who have suffered from addiction, but residents are working to change that.
The state says some of the money will be used to upgrade its drug monitoring program.
The funds are part of a $95 million initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services distributing funds to federally-recognized clinics.
Naloxone immediately halts the effects of an opioid overdose. But people still need a doctor’s prescription to get the drug.