Bowling Green and Warren County are joining a growing list of communities establishing needle exchange programs.
In 2015, the Kentucky General Assembly approved a measure allowing local governments to set up the exchanges in response to the state’s heroin epidemic. The aim is to prevent the spread of disease such as HIV and Hepatitis.
The Barren River District Health Department serves an eight-county region including Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Simpson, and Warren Counties. From January 2014 to April of this year, the region saw more than 600 cases of Hepatitis-C.
Warren County's needle exchange, which begins Thursday, will allow any drug user to come to the health department and anonymously swap dirty needles for clean ones.
In this interview, Lisa Autry spoke with Dennis Chaney, director of the Barren River District Health Department.