Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Overrides State Law To Authorize Needle-Exchange Program

March 26, 2015 11:33 PM

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Overrides State Law To Authorize Needle-Exchange Program

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.

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

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