An eastern Indiana county that’s facing a surge in hepatitis cases tied to needle-sharing among intravenous drug users could soon become the state’s third county to request approval for a needle-exchange program under a new state law. Wayne County Health Department Director Eric Coulter says the department’s board of directors is moving closer to asking state health commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams to approve a needle exchange to help the county combat a surge in hepatitis C cases and a growing number of HIV cases.

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