Lewiston To Place Used Syringe Boxes @ Public Parks
The sharps bins, used for collecting and storing used syringes, would be places in about 15 different locations, many of which include public parks. The city has seen a significant increase in the number of used needles being found on city property. Now, while the official vote on this new measure isn't until September 3rd, the Lewiston City Council has already indicated that they approve of this new measure.
According to the Sun Journal,
The needle, or “sharps,” disposal containers, like those installed in Portland in 2015, are meant to cut down on members of the public coming in contact with syringes that can transmit infectious diseases carried by the original users. Police Chief Brian O’Malley said this week that his department, as well as Lewiston Public Works, is contacted multiple times per week to collect or dispose of needles found by residents in parks or other public areas.