Needle exchange releases updated statistics

The latest statistics on the Tippecanoe County needle exchange program are in.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 6:13 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 6:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The latest statistics on the Tippecanoe County needle exchange program are in.

Members from the health department held a public forum to discuss the new numbers on Thursday.

As previously reported, The Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted in December to extend the program an additional year.

From January 1st to March 31st, an additional 92 people have become participants of the program. Those numbers went from 138 to 230. That's a 67% increase.

During the seven month research, the department says six syringes were found while doing community clean up events.

A surprising number for Dr. Jeremy Adler was the number of needles not part of the program that were brought in.

"Between August 11th (2017) and March 31st we have collected more than 10,000 syringes that did not originate from our program," said Adler. "These are 10,000 syringes that are now safely disposed."

Adler also wants people to know this is about much more than just needles. They connect participants with healthcare and substance abuse services as well.

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