Indiana county ends needle exchange program credited with containing an HIV outbreak | TheHill – The Hill

American satisfaction with vaccine rollout surges to 68 percent: poll MORE, who stated while going to a Scott County commissioners meeting in May, “Ive seen syringe service programs all over the country; Ive been to Canada and seen how they do it over there … and the method youre doing it here is the method its expected to be done.”In 2015, then-Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence9 Republicans not named Trump who could run in 2024 Budowsky: Banana Republicans push Jan. 6 criminal offense cover-up Filibuster battle looms over Jan. 6 commission MORE (R) authorized the first syringe exchange program in the county, situated about 30 minutes north of Louisville, Ky.. The program came as the rural Indiana county was experiencing a quick outbreak of HIV due to needle sharing amongst drug users, with an estimated 235 people contaminated with HIV at the time, according to NPR. The countys rates of HIV have actually substantially dropped because the needle sharing program was carried out, with simply one HIV case reported in all of 2020. Michelle Matern, Scott Countys health administrator, told NPR that it would be a mistake to end the syringe program. “I think a great deal of individuals forgot sort of what 2015 resembled, and what we went through as a neighborhood,” she added. While the vote Wednesday set a Jan. 1, 2022, end date for the program, the commissioners stated they would be open to moving back this due date if they are not able to put a replacement program in location for community members to have access to dependency and mental health resources.