Injection drug use is fueling the hepatitis C epidemic.
Growing intravenous drug use by people sharing syringes to inject heroin and other substances continues to drive new hepatitis C infections in Kentucky, which ultimately could mean a staggering cost to taxpayers to treat people with the disease.
Giving addicts clean needles can help stem the spread of the disease, but many Kentucky counties considered at greatest risk for an outbreak have not approved such programs.
Two recent reports illustrate the challenge the state faces.
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