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

Jul 2, 2015

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

West Virginia Chief Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta at a press conference in Huntington.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.