Cincinnati city council is taking steps to explore options for funding a one-to-one needle exchange in Cincinnati. According to an article by Terry De Mio on Cincinnati.com, the main factor that motivated city council member Chris Seelbach to seek action is the recent dangerous spread of the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Thanks to a motion initiated by Seelbach, city administrators will issue a report outlining the options available to Cincinnati for preventing the spread of infectious diseases relating to injection drug use. Rates of hepatitis C infections have soared in the Cincinnati area in recent years. Injection drug use is the most common method of HCV infection in the United States.
“My end goal is that (with) next year’s June budget, we will fund needle exchange,” Seelbach told DeMio.
We applaud council members David Mann, Yvette Simpson, Wendell Young, P.G. Sittenfeld, and Christopher Smitherman for also signing the motion to request the report. Hopefully, this is a sign of greater things to come for promoting the harm reduction model to help the drug injecting community live healthier lives.
Up to 74% of our clients report that they are infected with HCV. Every needle we exchange reduces the risk of spreading the virus further.
Cincinnati Exchange Project does not get any money from the City of Cincinnati or the State of Ohio. The only funding we receive is through donations and a grant.
Cincinnati Exchange Project has been on the forefront of integrating harm reduction strategies to combat negative consequences of illicit drug use in the area. We supply people who inject drugs with clean supplies and free testing for HCV and HIV. One of our main goals is to guide people who seek treatment to facilities that can help.