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Mobile needle exchange program coming to Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties

Health department officials are hoping that a new mobile harm reduction unit will result in more drug addicts taking advantage of free needle exchange programs, which hopefully will keep them from contracting and spreading various diseases and keep more used hypodermic needles...
Posted On 20 Mar 2019

Whitley Co. Needle Exchange progressing, but showing little visible impact so far

Whitley County Public Health Director Martha Steele and Tamara Phelps, a registered nurse supervisor of public health at the health department, addressed the Williamsburg City Council about the needle exchange program Monday. Williamsburg Police Sgt. Brandon White, who is seen in...
Posted On 10 May 2017

W’burg police, health department at odds over needle exchange program

Williamsburg Police Sgt. Brandon White and Whitley County Health Department Public Health Director Martha Steele compare some data during a debate Monday over the needle exchange program. Is the Whitley County Health Department’s needle exchange program a way to keep IV drug...
Posted On 15 Mar 2017

Needle exchange program collects 500 used hypodermic needles

The Whitley County Health Department has collected about 500 used hypodermic needles from drug users since its needle exchange program started about eight weeks ago, and it is largely operating on a one-on-one needle exchange rate. Martha Steele, public health director at the...
Posted On 22 Feb 2017