18 Oct Tippecanoe County Seeks Approval For Syringe Exchange Program
The rising number of hepatitis C cases linked to intravenous drug use in Tippecanoe County has prompted County Health Officer Jeremy Adler to seek approval for a syringe exchange and services program.
Doctor Adler says the upward trend from 50 confirmed hepatitis C cases in 2014 to 97 in 2015, and a similar number this year, triggered county leaders to look for a way to reduce the spread of the disease, treat those infected with the virus and treat those who are addicted.
“We’ve been meeting with various community partners, many of which are interested in helping us so we have some ideas about locations and some ideas about other services in the community that we can link to this program,” Adler says.
On Monday, the county commissioners said they agree with Adler’s assessment and set a meeting for 10 a.m. November 21st to hear public comment on the plan. County leaders are still planning addiction counseling resources and seeking funding while the county moves through the state approval process for a syringe service program.
Adler says it could be several months before the program is up and running.