Mercer County Commissioner links HIV cluster to needle sharing

Mercer County
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Health officials announced an HIV cluster in Cabell County. 

Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett said this is a result of sharing needles. He has been keeping up with how counties in the state rank in the national drug crisis. He said that sharing drug needles is a huge risk for catching infectious diseases.

“What we’ve noticed here in Mercer county is certainly a higher needle rate with the opioids that we have in terms of bills. That’s starting to go down because we’re doing a good job with take-backs and other things. We’re starting to see the intravenous drug use increase, which also puts an additional risk of disease with those needle-sharing properties,” Puckett explained. 

Puckett said counties in southern West Virginia are pulling together to create a place for people to take in dirty needles to try to cut down on the spread of diseases. 

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