IPR: Iowa Public Health Data Suggests Illegal Needle Exchanges Reduce Spread Of Disease

News: Iowa Public Health Data Suggests Illegal Needle Exchanges Reduce Spread Of Disease

Excerpt

Public health researchers believe illegal needle exchanges are reducing transmission of hepatitis c in Iowa. Advocates hope the data will help build support for legalizing the practice in the state. 

According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, confirmed cases of hepatitis c in Iowans under 40 have dropped 27 percent since 2016. That's a reversal of what's been a generally upward trend over nearly two decades.

Commentary

This data on needle exchange success rates is encouraging in its early results. The state legislature needs to continue to research and listen to our public health officials on this program and others to ensure the government support programs which reduces infections and improves public health.