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The HIV outbreak in Scott County five years ago prompted Indiana lawmakers to allow the creation of needle exchanges. The programs provide clean needles to IV drug users in an effort to stop the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

This year, state legislators have been debating the future of the exchanges.

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Vice President Pence is now in charge of U.S. coronavirus response, prompting a look back at his health record as Indiana governor facing an HIV outbreak, a drug epidemic and Medicaid expansion.

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Five years ago, Indiana experienced one of the nation’s worst HIV outbreaks. Mike Pence was governor then, and he approved a needle exchange to keep the problem from spreading. Now state leaders are debating whether that exchange — and others — can stay open.

Indianapolis Begins Mobile Syringe Exchange Program

Apr 10, 2019
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Indiana’s ninth syringe exchange program was launched in Marion County. 

Second Indiana County Shuts Down Syringe Exchange Program

Oct 18, 2017
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The Lawrence County commissioners voted Tuesday to end the southern Indiana county’s syringe exchange program. The county is the second in the state to close its program down.

The exchange, up for renewal after a year of operation, was suspended earlier this month, pending renewal by the county’s commissioners.

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Several weeks before Indiana’s state health commissioner Jerome Adams was nominated to replace Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General, Adams toured a detox center in Indianapolis with Justin Phillips, founder of Overdose Lifeline - a grassroots organization focused on preventing opioid deaths. “I asked him to accompany me to see first hand some of the treatment and recovery work that's being done within Indianapolis,” says Phillips .

 

Unable To Arrest Opioid Epidemic, Red States Warm To Needle Exchanges

Jun 16, 2017
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Former heroin user Kendra Williams, 24, knows she’s lucky. She recalls sharing dirty syringes to shoot up, risking hepatitis C and HIV. More than two years into recovery, she knows about 30 people who have died from drug overdoses — this year. Over the past five, she guesses, it’s close to 50.

Treatment ‘Silos,’ Needle Exchange Bill Edges Forward In Indiana

Mar 24, 2017
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A bill that would give counties the ability to set up needle exchanges without first getting state approval is one step closer to becoming law.

Indiana Locals Could Soon Approve Needle Exchanges, But Still Lack Funding

Feb 20, 2017
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New governor Eric Holcomb promised in his State of the State address to make it easier for counties to establish syringe exchange programs and a bill moving through the legislature would make that possible.

But the programs still face significant opposition from officials, and funding the programs remains the largest barrier.

 


Offering Syringes Along With Prayers, Churches Help IV Drug Users

Jan 3, 2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — When Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation in July legalizing syringe exchange programs in North Carolina, James Sizemore rejoiced.

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