MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - In an effort to stop the spread of disease, Custer Health has created a needle exchange program. And tonight, the Morton County Commission heard an update on how it's doing.
The Good Neighbor Project funded by donations and grant money has given out more than 6,000 needles and received almost 5,000. None of their 173 clients have newly contracted HIV.
Commissioners voiced that they want more from the program.
"Sobriety should, ultimately, be the goal one hundred percent of the time, but incrementalism is not the enemy here either," said Cody Schulz, Morton County Commission.
"Compared to the cost of HIV treatment and Hepatitis C treatment, we think we're delivering a valuable service to the people of Mandan," said Jodie Fetsch, Custer Health Director of Nursing.
Custer Health will soon fulfill a community request for a kiosk to dispose of medical syringes.