Ohio County Launches Needle Exchange Program

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Health officials are once again launching a program geared to keeping used needles off the streets.

On Tuesday, the Ohio County Board of Health met to discuss the Needle Exchange Program.

This will give drug users the chance to dispose of their needles in a clean way.

We spoke to Ohio County Health Director Howard Gamble about what this could mean for treating those using drugs and how to also keep the community safe.

“The idea is one, you get the needles off the street. We get calls regularly about picking up needles or they’re given to us by Wheeling P.D. The idea is you’re taking them off the street. We’re also trying to decrease disease, hepatitis or HIV, by not allowing an individual to reuse a needle, whether its with another person and another,” said Ohio County Health Director Howard Gamble.

The program could start as early as this Friday.

A number of special drop off bins will be positioned around the County.

This program is also underway in Cabell County and Charleston.

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