Needles all over: What to do if you find syringes in public

Evrard Martin
Juillet 18, 2017

Discarded needles are often found in places like parks, baseball fields, and beaches, putting denizens at risk of getting stuck and potentially contracting blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV.

"We started seeing it past year here and there", Rocky Morrison, who leads a cleanup crew in MA, told the Associated Press. "We also have the city's needle exchange, which is a one-for-one exchange program, so that really is a way to get people in and talk to them about other services".

Morrison leads a cleanup effort along the Merrimack River, which winds through Lowell, Mass.

Officials in Portland, Maine collected more than 700 needles so far this year, just 200 less than their total for all of 2016, and San Francisco collected more than 13,000 syringes in March alone.

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Needles all over: What to do if you find syringes in public

"I just want more awareness that this is happening", Nancy Holmes, the mother of an 11-year old girl who stepped on a syringe while swimming in California, told the AP.

If you or your children ever come across a needle left by a drug user, do not pick them up. But you think that it wouldn't happen to you.

In another close call in California, a 6-year-old girl put a used needle in her mouth when she mistook it for a thermometer. The girl was unharmed.

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