Expanding Needle Exchange Throughout Louisville
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Did you know that in January of 2017 there were 695 overdose calls in Metro Louisville? Over 1.2 million intravenous drug users have HIV and 1 in 5 of them are not aware that they have it. A study found that Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) participants are five times more likely to enter a drug treatment program than non-participants. SEP centers are an effective public health approach to reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases in communities across the U.S. SEP centers promote public health and safety by taking syringes off of the streets and protects law enforcement from needle stick injuries. These programs also serve as an entry way to treatment for users. Currently there is only one SEP Center in Louisville, and building more would help reduce violence, crime, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Please support the expansion of the SEP in our city in order to build a segway to recovery. Thank you for your time.
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