Lexington Officials Consider Final Needle Exchange Draft
Fayette County's Health Commissioner is among those reviewing the final draft of plans for a needle exchange program. Dr. Rice Leach expects the program to be up and running by early September. Leach says Lexington's program will not be a one-for-one needle exchange. The commissioner would not say how many needles might be given out to someone bringing in a needle. But, Leach says one dirty needle must be brought in before another is given out. "I want to make sure that it's limited to what we said we were going to do, which is the communicable disease part, which is get the bad needles off the street and give people clean needles. There's a whole another arena of work involved in all of this," said Leach.
The Health Commissioner says a final draft of plans for a needle exchange program is under review. Dr. Leach says this type of program has worked well everywhere when it's been done right. He cited examples of Cincinnati, Chicago, and Baltimore.