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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs needle-exchange bill as HIV outbreak cases grow

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs needle-exchange bill as HIV outbreak cases grow

Indiana communities facing an HIV epidemic tied to intravenous drug use will have a way to implement needle-exchange programs under a measure Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases in a rural outbreak grew to nearly 150. The new law allows areas that can prove they're in the midst of an epidemic to seek approval from the state health commissioner to launch a needle exchange. Pence supported the proposal that legislators endorsed last week, even though he's said he opposes needle exchanges as part of an anti-drug policy. Health officials blame needle sharing among intravenous drug users for driving the HIV outbreak centered in Scott County,...

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