Ind. county's HIV spike spurs needle exchange

March 27, 2015 7:03 AM

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Ind. county's HIV spike spurs needle exchange

Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Ky. The county, which typically sees about five HIV cases each year, has seen 79 new infections since December, health officials said.

All of those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the county, and all of the infections have been linked to needle sharing among drug users. Most of the infections involve people who injected a liquefied form of the prescription painkiller Opana. Methamphetamine and heroin account fo...

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