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W.Va. to Launch Pilot Syringe Exchange Program in Cabell

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A syringe exchange program is being launched to reduce diseases within Cabell County's population of injection-drug users.

State and local officials announced the one-year pilot program on Thursday at a news conference in Huntington.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling says the state will provide $10,000 to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to launch the one-year pilot Another $10,000 will be provided for technical support.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says syringe exchange programs can help reduce the spread of bloodborne illnesses such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Delegate Matthew Rohrbach says the Cabell County program also can help drug users get treatment and return them to the mainstream.

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Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.

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