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FAYETTE COUNTY FACES UP TO $12 MILLION TO TREAT HEPATITIS-INFECTED DRUG ADDICTS

(Connersville, IN)--Fayette County leaders have now met with state officials about pursuing a needle exchange program for drug users.  It’s an effort not only to prevent the spread of hepatitis and HIV, but also to head off the staggering cost of treatment.  The CDC estimates the cost of treating just one person for hepatitis C for six months is $200,000.  60 cases have been reported in Fayette County this year.  That’s $12,000,000 in treatment costs, and that doesn’t count 72 cases reported last year.  Many of the cases involve drug users with no health insurance.  20% of adults in Fayette County have no health coverage.  Wayne County would also qualify for needle exchange.

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