Fayette County sees spike in heroin overdoses, seeks needle-exchange program

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CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (July 23, 2015) – 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.