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Intravenous drug-caused HIV crisis hits Indiana county
Intravenous drug-caused HIV crisis hits Indiana county

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and declared a public health emergency in Scott County on Thursday to fight what he called an epidemic outbreak of more than 70 confirmed cases of HIV infection. Indiana bars needle exchange programs, but Pence said in a statement that he authorized the needle program after consulting with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials. “Scott County is facing an epidemic of HIV, but this is not a Scott County problem; this is an Indiana problem,” Pence stated. "The people of Scott County are working hard to address this crisis, and with additional state...

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