Needle exchanges are controversial. Critics say handing out clean needles enables drug use, while others point to evidence, showing that exchanges reduce the spread of disease.
For the past several weeks, Scott County, Indiana has been operating a needle exchange, to combat an outbreak of HIV linked to injection drug abuse. It’s the first of its kind in Indiana, and it recently received approval from the state to run for a year. But getting the community to accept the idea was a process -- and in some ways, one that’s ongoing.