Title: #USA, #Indiana: #PublicHealth #Emergency Declared in #Clark County.
Subject: Hepatitis C & HIV outbreak in Indiana.
Source: US State of Indiana Department of Health, full page: (LINK).
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Public Health Emergency Declared in Clark County (8/29/2016)
Start Date: 8/29/2016 - Start Time: 12:00 AM - End Date: 8/29/2016
INDIANAPOLIS—State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., today declared a public health emergency for Clark County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program as part of a broader effort to reduce the spread of hepatitis C and HIV.
The declaration of public health emergency will run through Aug. 28, 2017.
“As the neighbor to Scott County, which has faced an unprecedented HIV outbreak tied to injection drug use, Clark County is being proactive in addressing its hepatitis C rates,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
“We appreciate the work that county leaders have put into their request to operate a syringe exchange program and applaud their comprehensive approach to addressing substance use disorder in their communities.”
Senate Enrolled Act 461 made syringe exchange programs legal in Indiana for the first time, under certain circumstances. The law lays out a set of procedural and substantive requirements that local communities must meet in order for an emergency declaration to be considered by the state health commissioner.
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