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Health advocates offer tips for getting reluctant local governments to approve syringe exchange programs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky leads the nation in syringe exchanges for drug users, as a way to prevent the spread of disease, but local officials in some counties at risk of disease outbreaks from intravenous drug use have resisted pleas from experts to allow exchanges. At a public-health panel discussion at the University of Kentucky, advocates of the exchanges shared some advice...

Rural Blog: Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia most vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis C outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 220 counties -— most of them rural -— that are most vulnerable to an HIV or hepatitis C outbreak similar to last year’s epidemic in Austin, Ind., Arian Campos-Flores and Betsy McKay report for The Wall Street Journal. Of the 220 counties, 56 percent are in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia “in the Appalachian region...