Littered Needles Being Minimized

Chatham-Kent Police Chief Dennis Poole says measures are in place to ensure used needles being found in public places is a rarity.

That’s despite recent calls to police about used syringes located in parks and even some people’s yards.

“There is a needle exchange program that is offered through the public health unit as well. So they are actively partnering with us to mitigate those type of risks to the community,” says Poole. “I must stress that it’s very rare for us to have needles involved in our community and there are very few drug abusers in our community that are using needles.”

Poole says people should leave the needles where they are and contact police who can safely throw them out.