Indiana county hit by heroin seeking needle-exchange program

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CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Officials in an eastern Indiana county that had dozens of heroin overdoses last fall are the latest to seek approval for a needle-exchange program aimed at helping curtail disease among intravenous drug users

The Fayette County commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to request Indiana State Department of Health permission to start a needle exchange. The Connersville News-Examiner reports the county health officer says its number of new hepatitis C cases for this year has already reached the 74 cases reported for all of 2014.

County Commissioner Frank Jackson says police have made nearly 200 felony drug-related arrests in the county since October.

Officials in neighboring Wayne County also are considering seeking needle-exchange program approval, which so far has been granted to Scott and Madison counties under a new state law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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