Three years ago today we opened our needle-exchange program. On that Sept. 4, nine people walked through the doors to turn in used needles for new needles in an effort to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV. We’ve grown quite a bit:
- expanding into a larger area in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at our main building at 650 Newtown Pike;
- adding a new day and hours (3-6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday);
- providing on-site referrals to recovery centers through Lexington’s Department of Social Services, Chrysalis House and Bluegrass.org;
- offering free Narcan (from grants through the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and DrugFree Lex) to reverse opioid overdoses (available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday).
Through our program, we’ve served more than 2,880 people and taken in more than 532,000 used needles, keeping them out of our community’s parks, playgrounds and streets and protecting you from hepatitis C and HIV! We’ve also had 138 people enter recovery programs, giving them a new chance at a sober life!
Thanks to everyone who has helped support our needle-exchange program the last three years! We look forward to its continued growth and success in helping Lexington be well!