Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program to Begin in Adair County

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Attention Adair County. Recently, the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health, the Adair County Board of Health, the Columbia City Council, and the Adair County Fiscal Court have given their consent to begin a Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program in Adair County. The health department anticipates an operational program within a couple months. The public will be notified officially when the start date is set.  The goal of these Syringe Exchange Programs are to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV and keeping dirty needles out of our parks and off our roadsides.  You can learn more about this here: Department for Public Health: Syringe Exchange Program Information.

Adair County will join Russell County as the second county in the Lake Cumberland District to operate a Syringe Exchange Program.  Russell’s program is scheduled to begin in early June.   There are presently around 30 counties in Kentucky operating or planning to begin operations of Syringe Exchange Programs.

Please watch the videos below to learn about, the costs of Hepatitis C and, “Why in the World Would You Give a Needle to a Drug Addict?”