Fighting The Drug Crisis In Eastern KY

In about two months, Eastern Kentucky will see a brand new method of fighting the opioid crisis and the spread of diseases. A grant from the Kentucky Department for Public Health is funding a van which will be used as a mobile needle exchange. Health directors say it will help them accomplish much more than just trading clean needles for dirty ones. “HIV testing, hepatitis C testing, we will administer hepatitis A vaccines, provide resource information. We will have a peer counselor on this van that will provide resources to those participants”, said Mark Hensley, who is the Executive Director of the Laurel County Health Department.

Source: MG News

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