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Poll: Where do Kentuckians stand on needle exchange programs?

About half of Kentucky adults favor programs that allow people who use intravenous drugs to exchange used needles for sterile ones, while about 40 percent oppose such programs, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report. Generally, the more familiar...
Posted On 14 Jun 2019
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Injecting perspective: Whitley County’s needle exchange

Last week, the News Journal reported the Whitley County Health Department has given out 90,481 “clean” (unused) needles since its needle exchange program began in January 2017. That’s 2.4 needles per man, woman and child living in Whitley County, or 9.9 per person over the age of...
Posted On 29 Mar 2019
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Whitley Co. Health Dept. needle exchange starts Jan. 13

The Whitley County Health Department has set a Jan. 13 start date for its needle exchange program. The needle exchange will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. every Friday at the Whitley County Health Department’s main office in Williamsburg, which is located off Penny Lane...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016

Whitley Co. needle exchange program set to start in early January

Whitley County Health Department officials say that it will probably be late December or early January before the county’s needle exchange program is up and running. Martha Steele, public health director at the health department, gave an update on the program during a Nov....
Posted On 30 Nov 2016

W’burg council authorizes needle exchange program

Whitley County Health Department Public Health Director Martha Steele addresses the Williamsburg City Council about a proposed needle exchange program. Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison, who serves on the Whitley County Health Department Board of Directors, admits that when the...
Posted On 14 Sep 2016

Camp UNITE once again a success, Varney tells coalition

Members of the Whitley County UNITE Coalition got an update on Camp UNITE and were introduced to their new coalition coordinator during their monthly meeting Monday afternoon. About 207 youth from 32 counties poured into Williamsburg July 26 – July 30 for the 10th Annual...
Posted On 24 Aug 2016

Needle exchange debated at UNITE meeting

“Why in the world would we want to give people, who inject drugs, needles? Common sense would tell us all that we are enabling people to shoot up.” These are the words that Greg Lee, program director of HIV/AIDS continuing education for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health...
Posted On 20 Apr 2016

Public meeting Monday on needle exchange

The public will be able to learn more details about a proposed needle exchange program in Whitley County Monday afternoon during a joint meeting of the Whitley County UNITE Coalition and the Whitley County Health Department. The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the basement...
Posted On 13 Apr 2016

Meeting set to discuss Whitley needle exchange program

Whitley County will likely soon be joining a growing list of communities in Kentucky offering a needle exchange program. The Whitley County Board of Health unanimously voted last month to begin the process of starting a clean needle exchange program in Whitley County provided...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016