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 near Exit 11. Public Health Director Martha Steele said [...]
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. 21 Whitley County UNITE Coalition meeting. Steele said that before the [...]
Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison, who serves on the Whitley County Health Department Board of Directors, admits that when the topic of establishing a needle exchange program first came up, he was a staunch opponent of the measure, feeling that it rewarded drug users.
Dawn Lang, the new UNITE coalition coordinator for Whitley County, poses next to Carl Varney, who is the outgoing UNITE coalition coordinator for Whitley County. 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 [...]
“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 and Human Services, started his presentation with at a Whitley County UNITE Coalition meeting that was held at the Whitley County Health Department Monday afternoon.
“Because that program works. It helps save lives. It helps save infections. At least it is more likely to get them connected to treatment than it would be in scenarios where you don’t have syringe exchanges, which is where we are at right now in most Kentucky counties,” Lee said in part answering his own question.
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 conference room of the Whitley County Health Department, [...]
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 that adequate funding can be obtained. Federal law prohibits federal funds [...]