BELMONT — Police said since January of 2015 the department has responded to 29 calls about discarded needles. The needles were reported by citizens observing them discarded along roads, in public places and by business owners who find them and other drug paraphernalia discarded in their rest rooms and trash bins.
While state and local police departments as well a other community groups battle a surge in the use of heroin and other intravenous drugs, discarding of used needles in public places is becoming common place.
Police said discarded needle presents a danger to people who find them and are warning them not to touch them. A further suggestion to parents of younger children is for adults to check public rest rooms before their children use them.
If someone sees a discarded needle, they should immediately notify the police who will employ local fire officials who are trained and equipped to dispose of them. Police ask that pet owners also keep an eye out for needles so their pets are not accidentally harmed.
Anone accidentally stuck by a used needle should immediately wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and seek immediate medical attention by calling a doctor or a local hospital.
If you come across a discarded needle, notify your local police department of it and mark the area so police and fire officials know where to find it.
Business or restaurant employees who find needles should report them immediately to a supervisor who will notify authorities.
Police said the purpose of this media statement is not to alarm residents but to inform them of the dangers inherent in discarded needles and to encourage them to call police immediately.
– Gail Ober
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