Syringe Exchange Programs

Jake Harper Side Effects

On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest on a train hauling crude oil derailing in East Chicago,  Indiana’s nine syringe exchange programs are set to expire in state law July 1, 2021 but lawmakers pushed back the death sentence for the exchange programs by one year under legislation approved by a Senate committee, Jeanie Lindsey reports on a key lawmaker scrapping a proposal to require teachers who carry guns in school to receive specialized training and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District or NICTD President Michael Noland.

Syringe exchange. (Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media)
Jill Sheridan

After the approval of Marion County’s syringe exchange program this week, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill had a warning for other counties considering the programs.  

Syringe Exchange Approved For Marion County

Jun 18, 2018
Syringes for exchange. (Photo: Jake Harper Side Effects)
Jill Sheridan

Marion County is the latest in Indiana to establish a syringe exchange program.  The Indianapolis program adopted by the City-County Council Monday is in response to a hepatitis C outbreak. 

The rise in cases, an estimated 1,000 new cases in 2017, prompted health officials to declare an epidemic last month.  

Indianapolis, state and health officials announce a syringe exchange program for Marion County. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Hepatitis C cases in Marion County are up so much, the public health department in Indianapolis declared an epidemic. A syringe exchange program is part of the county’s answer. 

Marion County Public Health Director Virginia Caine spelled out a proposal for a syringe exchange program Thursday. 

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An analysis released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides further links between syringe services programs and preventing HIV. 

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On a rainy day in Austin, Indiana, Brittany Combs, the public health nurse for Scott County, drives around in a white SUV. Medical supplies are piled high in the back of the vehicle: syringes and condoms, containers for used needles, over-the-counter medications.

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Indiana’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Curtis Hill, has accused the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of manipulating facts in order to push a “pro-needle-exchange agenda.” He made the accusation in a statement released Tuesday.

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Indiana senators are looking to add more restrictions and regulations to county syringe exchange programs, or SEPs.

Four amendments have been added a bill granting counties the ability to set up their own syringe services programs. Currently, the state health commissioner must certify a public health emergency before such a program can be created.

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A bill that would give counties the ability to set up needle exchanges without first getting state approval is one step closer to becoming law.

A Senate committee has approved the bill despite concerns from Attorney General Curtis Hill.