EDITORIAL: Health experts, not politics, should set needle exchange standards

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By The Kentucky Standard Editorial Board

Once again, politics has ruled over expert recommendations when it comes to establishing needle exchange programs.

In July, the Nelson County Health Department will start its own local needle exchange program in an effort to stem the spread of blood-borne pathogens, particularly hepatitis C and HIV. While it’s admirable that we’ll be the first out of the six counties that make up the Lincoln Trail District to have a needle exchange, the Nelson County program will be forced into a one-for-one syringe exchange because the program will be accepting state grant money.

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