Woodstock police urge residents to call them if they find discarded needles

by | Sep 8, 2023

Deputy chief says police officers are best equipped to collect used drug paraphernalia safely

The Woodstock Police Force seeks the public’s help to find and collect discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia.

“We all want to make our neighbourhoods safer and cleaner, right?” the force asked in a Facebook post on Sept. 7. “Well, here’s a small but impactful way you can contribute: if you ever come across discarded drug paraphernalia like needles, pipes, or drug containers, don’t hesitate to pick up your phone and call us at (506)325-4601.”

Deputy Chief Mark Bennett said the post wasn’t a result of new developments but simply an effort to keep the public informed.

He explained some people are unsure whether they should call the police or not.

“They should,” said Bennett.

He explained police officers have the personal protection equipment and the knowledge to collect and dispose of the needles and other equipment safely.

“By reporting these items, you’re not just helping keep our streets safe, but you’re also protecting kids, pets, and anyone else who might unknowingly come across these hazards,” the WPF explained in the post. “Together, we can make a big difference in our community’s well-being.”

Bennett explained informing the police about the type and location of such discarded items is not a reflection on any individual or the community but simply the best way to remove a potential hazard.

“Remember, it’s not about passing judgment; it’s about ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the place we call home,” said the post. “Together, let’s work to build safer and healthier neighbourhoods for everyone.”

The post included a poster outlining the proper steps to report the location of a discarded needle. It also outlined several legal uses for needles or equipment called “sharps,” including allergies, numerous diseases and chronic conditions.

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