Four Indiana counties have launched needle exchange programs to curb a statewideHepatitis C outbreak, but both Lake and Porter county health officials say the local numbers don’t show a need for it so far.
Last year, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law that allowed counties to apply to the Indiana State Department of Health to operate an exchange. The law was in response to anHIV outbreak in Scott County, which led to 188 people testing positive for HIV. The outbreak was largely fueled by dirty needles used to inject the prescription opioid Opana.
But a ban on both state and federal funds for the exchanges means that counties must rely on funding from local governments or foundations.