Probuphine will be added to the short list of opioid fighting medications.
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.
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.