The leader of Bowling Green-based health group says a needle exchange for intravenous drug users is the best way to fight the state’s addiction problems.
Dennis Chaney, director of the Barren River District Health Department, is applauding the Bowling Green city commission’s decision Tuesday to approve a needle exchange program.
The exchange must now be approved by Warren County Fiscal Court. It has already been authorized by the Warren County Board of Health.
Chaney said he understands those who feel a needle exchange will enable drug users.
But he thinks it’s the best way to break down barriers and start the healing process.
“The opportunity is for those folks who would participate in the program, the responsibility is for us to try to develop a relationship with those folks just like what you may have and you may enjoy with your primary care physician,” Chaney said.