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Madison County Health Department to start Syringe Exchange Program
Fiscal Court gives unanimous approval
Richmond, KY, March 14, 2017: The Madison County Fiscal Court cleared the last obstacle to the establishment of a syringe exchange program (SEP) in Madison County this morning by unanimously passing a resolution approving the program.
The resolution was the result of a request made by the Madison County Board of Health to establish a SEP program to help the county health department minimize the spread of blood-borne pathogens such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B. Like most of the state, Madison County is seeing high numbers of people infected with Hepatitis C due to the sharing of dirty needles during IV drug use.
According to Nancy Crewe, Madison County’s Public Health Director, the SEP program provides multiple benefits:
“Syringe exchanges lead addicted individuals to seek testing, counseling and treatment. Syringe exchange programs bring drug addicted individuals in contact with the health system where can they be tested for HIV and hepatitis and, if positive, be treated. Syringe exchange programs can make drug treatment options known to addicted individuals using the syringe exchange. Studies show that program participants were five times more likely to enter drug treatment than IV drug users who did not participate in syringe exchange programs.
In addition, SEPs are cost effective and prevent much costlier treatments for diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. The cost of providing hepatitis C treatment ranges from $84,000 to $300,000 per person. The cost of treating someone with HIV is as high as $648,000 over the person’s lifetime. The cost of preventing drug-related infection is 150 times more cost efficient than the cost of treating disease spread by infected syringes.”
Crewe added, “SEPs are a tool to protect the health and safety of police, fire fighters, and EMS by helping to reduce the risk of transmission of diseases through accidental sticks with a dirty needle.”
If you have syringes now, please read this information on safe disposal methods.
If you come to the Madison County Health Department's Richmond Clinic, you might see the staff wearing a new button. We've started a new CARE (Cardiovascular Assessment, Risk reduction and Education) program.
Nurses will check your blood pressure anytime. It is a quick visit, no appointment needed and it is a FREE service.
Come learn about your blood pressure - it’s for your health!
FREE car seat CHECK and INSTALL
Seventy-three percent of all car seats are misused- meaning they are either not installed properly or the child is not in the correct seat. Let us help you protect your family. MCHD offers FREE car seat CHECKS in both Richmond and Berea. Call 228-2044 today for an appointment!
KOWA Onsite Sewage Installer's Training
Monday, April 17, 2017, 8:30AM
You must preregister.
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