Data shows cities are finding an alarming number of discarded needles

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 18, 2017

Heroin addicts discarding their used syringes at parks and on beaches are causing a public health hazard across the US, particularly for children.

The syringes, which are often discarded by drug users without being capped, can carry HIV, hepatitis and other blood borne diseases.

"We started seeing it past year here and there", Rocky Morrison, who leads a cleanup crew in MA, told the Associated Press. The Clean River Project on the Merrimack River in Lowell, Mass. has collected needles floating down the river. "But now, it's just raining needles everywhere we go". Volunteers in San Francisco collected a staggering 13,000 syringes in March alone, more than four times more than collected the same time past year, reports the Associated Press.

In March alone, San Francisco collected more than 13,000 syringes, compared with only about 2,900 the same month in 2016, the AP reported.

If you get poked, don't panic. But you think that it wouldn't happen to you. The girl was unharmed. There's also a phone number and an app that residents can use to report a needle sighting, and a city worker will come and properly dispose of it. Officials say the 700 needles that have been collected so far this year come from all of those programs, which are in place to help keep public areas safe.

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