Kentucky Leading Adoption of Needle Exchanges

Apr 17, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Kentucky ranks in the top five highest number of drug overdoses in the country. It also has one of the highest of Hepatitis C, and while HIV/AIDS cases are declining the U.S., Kentucky holds steady with new cases. Much of this can be traced back to people who use IV drugs, using needles or syringes to inject opioids.

In response to these disparities Kentucky will soon have the highest number of syringe exchange sites in the country. WFPL’s Lisa Gillespie reports.

Also on today's show, U.S. energy companies are on alert, after the U-S recently blamed Russia for a series of cyberattacks against power plants. As StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick reports, cybersecurity is something the industry has been grappling with for years.