(Jeffersonville, IN) -- The Clark County Health Department's needle exchange program is getting underway. Participants can exchange dirty needles for clean ones on Thursdays in Jeffesonville. The items dispensed at the exchange include a Naloxone antidote kit, to reverse a narcotic overdose. People who register will receive an anonymous identification card with their gender, ID code, and zip code. The Exchange will be staffed by trained volunteers. Some services are funded by the county's health department. The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis gave a $7,000 grant and the North American Syringe Exchange Network gave about $1,000 in supplies for the syringes and needles. Clark County has rates of hepatitis C and HIV above average, compared to the state of Indiana.
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