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Discarded needles found in Summerside park

Cpl. Jennifer Driscoll examines needles that have been disposed of in a sharps container. Driscoll says consistent reporting of when used needles are found in public spaces can help police determine areas of drug activity.
Cpl. Jennifer Driscoll examines needles that have been disposed of in a sharps container. Driscoll says consistent reporting of when used needles are found in public spaces can help police determine areas of drug activity. - Millicent McKay

Consistent reporting can provide understanding of areas with drug activity

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Summerside Police Services are urging the public to call police when people see discarded needles anywhere in the city.

Last month, after an Easter egg hunt in Memorial Park, walkers found a handful of discarded needles. According to police, there have be approximately four reports in the past four months.

“Officers will attend right away and dispose of the needles in a safe manner. Discarded needles may be an indication of drug use in the area, so consistent reporting provides police with a better understanding of where suspected drug activity is taking place,” said Corporal Jennifer Driscoll.

Currently, there are needle exchange programs at various pharmacies, which helps limit the number of instances, but it does not eliminate the problem.

“Any reports of discarded needles are very concerning, especially in and around parks and recreational areas. Parents should educate their children on what to do if they come across a needle – do not touch the needle and tell an adult right away.”

Recently, a handful of used and discarded needles were found in Memorial Park in Summerside.
Recently, a handful of used and discarded needles were found in Memorial Park in Summerside.

 

Summerside Police can be contacted at 902-432-1201.

In addition, the city has maintenance crews that have begun initial sweeps of park areas now that the snow has melted.

“Unfortunately, the problem may still present itself at times. With communication between our park crews, the community and the police, we strive to keep our park areas safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

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