Hepatitis C cases prompt public health emergency in Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY -State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., has declared a public health emergency for Fayette County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program as part of a broader effort to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C.

"Fayette County is battling a Hepatitis C epidemic tied to intravenous drug use," said Dr. Adams. "County officials have submitted a comprehensive, multi-pronged plan to combat this epidemic, and a syringe exchange is one part of this effort to help reduce the spread of this devastating disease."

Senate Enrolled Act 461 made syringe exchange programs legal in Indiana for the first time, under certain circumstances. The law lays out a set of procedural and substantive requirements that local communities must meet in order for an emergency declaration to be considered by the state health commissioner. 

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