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Todd County Looking Into A Needle Exchange Program

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The Todd County Health Department Director said the county should consider a needle exchange program in order to combat opioid-related illness and death in the area.

Director Jen Harris said Todd County has been watching and preparing for the Kentucky opioid crisis. She said an exchange program would help to prevent HIV and Hepatitis C from spreading.

Harris said the most effective needle exchange programs utilize the help of peer counseling and testing for STDs, HIV, and Hepatitis C.

 

Harris is preparing a formal proposal for the program to be presented on February 25.

Shelby Frye is a senior at Murray State University, double majoring in theatre and journalism. She has lived in Murray for four years, but grew up in Paris, Tennessee. When she isn’t working at WKMS, Shelby performs in and works on crew for Murray State Theatre productions, plays Dungeons & Dragons, and keeps her plate full with her dual majors.
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