Lee County Health Department offers Hep C rapid test

Also looks into creating a needle exchange in response to heroin increase in county 

 DIXON – It's not just law enforcement agencies that are taking a proactive approach to Lee County's increased heroin usage — the health department is making strides, too.

This week, the Lee County Health Department started offering rapid screening for Hepatitis C. It's an action that Administrator Cathy Ferguson hopes will stave off any future heroin-related public health crises, like the one that southeastern Indiana has seen.

According to the latest figures, there are now 162 people in Indiana who have been diagnosed with HIV as part of an outbreak that, officials say, stemmed from the sharing of heroin needles.


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