At least 68 people have been infected in the past month in Indiana with HIV – lawmakers and the CDC are joining forces to confront this outbreak.

A needle exchange program has been implemented by state officials due to an alarming outbreak of HIV in the southeastern side of Indiana. This outbreak has been given even more interest due to its abnormal pairing with the drug Opana.

This news has been breaking across all major news networks, and Novus Medical Detox Center’s Executive Director, Kent Runyon, was part of what gained viral traction nationwide. He gave insight on this unique footprint between HIV and Opana, a pain medication that can be injected into the body.

So many infections in such a small geographic area is unprecedented, and the use of injection drugs has become the main reasoning for how the disease is spreading so rapidly. Needle sharing is a constant problem between injection drug inhibitors, which is why a temporary clean needle program has been put in effect.

“[The drug users] obviously knew each other, thought they trusted each other, and had this incredible comfortable level that needle sharers share,” said Runyon.

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