No Needle Exchange in Wayne County

There will be no needle exchange program in Wayne County at this time, after fiscal court met last night and took no action in regard to the proposal. Representatives from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department made a presentation regarding the program and the results they have seen in the five lake area counties that have needle exchange.
Christine Weyman, who is the medical director for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, said the program is geared toward slowing the spread of disease like Hepatitis C and HIV which can be transmitted by using dirty needles. Several magistrates questioned Weyman about the program but there was no motion to approve it.
This marks the second time the health department has made this type of presentation to fiscal court. The program was approved earlier this year by Monticello City Council. It has also been approved by the health department board, but it requires approval by county government to be implemented.
Also during the meeting, Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Dodson advised the court of a situation he encountered last month while investigating a one-vehicle accident in Wayne County. He indicated that Wayne County EMS workers were not allowed by their policy and procedure to draw blood for testing from the driver of the vehicle. Since the driver was injured he was taken straight from the ambulance at the hospital to an awaiting helicopter. The flight crew could not do the blood draw, so Dodson explained that it was more than three hours after the accident before the blood test could be administered.
Dodson said he understand that the EMS workers could not do the testing under their policy and procedures, but asked that the court take a look at the issue.
Later in the meeting, Wayne County EMS Director Bubby Corder addressed the situation, noting that counties which have hospitals do not have EMS crews who draw blood in these situations, because it requires special training. It would also require a more sterile environment than at an accident scene. The exception in this area is McCreary County, which does not have a hospital.
Corder noted that Wayne County EMS’ first priority in a trauma situation is patient care.
Also during the meeting, the court agreed to purchase two tractors and two mower decks for the county road department and authorized County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson to enter into a purchase agreement with a lending institution.
They also approved hiring Roger Guffey at $10 per hour as a county road department employee.