ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A public health emergency was declared in Allen County on Thursday morning.
According to a release from the Indiana State Department of Health, a public health emergency was declared to establish a syringe services program (SSP) in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.
The Department of Health and Positive Resource Connection and Park Center will open the SSP in early November. It will be located at 519 Oxford Street in Fort Wayne.
The SSP will provide the following:
- Clean needs
- Clean sharps disposal containers
- Free HIV and hepatitis C testing
- Make referrals to treatment and other social services such as addiction services
The Board of Health authorized the department to begin establishing an SSP in Allen County because of the significant increase of HIV and hepatitis C in 2015, as well as part of an opioid strategic plan.