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Group In Talks To Take Over Madison County’s Needle Exchange

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A central Indiana county that ended its needle exchange program for intravenous drug users last summer is in talks with a local group to resume that program.

Stephenie Grimes is Madison County’s health department administrator. She told the county’s health board Wednesday that a not-for-profit group is negotiating to take over the program that allows IV drug users to exchange used needles for clean ones.

The Herald Bulletin reports the group wasn’t identified, pending a vote by the board.

Madison County’s commissioners would have to approve any contract with that group.

The county council voted last August to prohibit the use of local tax dollars in managing the needle-exchange, effectively ending the 2-year-old program approved amid a public health emergency stemming from the spread of hepatitis C and HIV.

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