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In rural Indiana, battling HIV, drugs and bleak times
In rural Indiana, battling HIV, drugs and bleak times

Donald Spicer slowed his police car to a crawl as he pointed out “shooting galleries” — paint-chipped houses with broken windows and rotting wood, where addicts inject liquid painkillers and lose all sense of time. Used needles often lie in plain sight, in the cracked streets, in the garbage-filled gutters, on patchy lawns. “This is a common problem,” the police chief said. “This isn’t anything new to us.” Spicer now finds his rural hometown at the core of the state’s worst-ever outbreak of HIV, one so grave that Gov. Mike Pence declared a health emergency last week. Pence also authorized a short-term needle exchange to fight the...

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