FILE - This March 25, 2015 file photo shows Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responding to a question during a news conference in Scottsburg, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana lawmakers OK needle exchange programs

Opponents have argued that the bill could hinder drug-treatment efforts and create a legal defense for people arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia. But health officials repeatedly cited studies showing that needle exchanges are effective tools in curbing outbreaks.

In this April 1, 2015 photo, Austin Police Chief Donald Spicer, left, and Patrolman Nathan Hall, center, and Maj. Lonnie Noble study a biohazard container for the temporary disposal of needles and other sharp objects at an HIV/AIDS training session in Austin, Indiana. (AP Photo/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)

CDC official: HIV outbreak lessons may spur ‘model response’

A top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says health officials hope to use the lessons learned from their reaction to an HIV outbreak in southern Indiana as “a model response” for the whole nation in combatting future similar crises.