Commissioner Mary Anne Butters says the once-a-month program will start on a Thursday in August. However the (Richmond) Palladium-Item reports (http://pinews.co/29KVvX8 ) she didn't yet know which Thursday.
The Indiana health commissioner previously declared a public health emergency for Wayne County because of the number of HIV and hepatitis C infections. The syringe program is aimed at stopping the spread of disease. Wayne County is one of five in the state to have a similar declaration.
Statistics showed Wayne County has recorded 179 hepatitis C cases per 100,000 people, compared to the state average of 69 per 100,000.
The public health emergency declaration lasts one year, until June 2, 2017.