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.
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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