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Local News: A service of Reid Health

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has applied for a $30,000 grant to continue and expand its needle exchange program.  In the nine months that the program has been in existence, the percentage of used needles being returned has grown steadily and, according to local officials, now stands at nearly 90%.  That’s led local leaders to consider expanding the exchange to more than the one-day-a-month policy that’s currently in place.  It could expand to as much as a weekly exchange.  There’s been no word yet on whether or not the exchange program has made a dent in Wayne County’s hepatitis rate, which is 2 ½ times the state average.