Boone faces heroin, hep C epidemics

Heroin abuse and hepatitis C infections are at epidemic levels in Boone County, local officials told several dozen people attending an Indiana Youth Institute Kids Count 2015 data workshop Tuesday at the Lebanon Public Library.

“We have a heroin epidemic in Boone County,” Sheriff Mike Nielsen said. Cindy Murphy, RN, administrator of the Boone County Health Department, said 40 percent of people who come to the agency’s sexually transmitted diseases clinics admit that they use intravenous drugs.

“We have a hepatitis C epidemic because of IV drug abuse,” Murphy said.


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