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    "Its raining needles"

    They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. People, often children, risk getting stuck by discarded needles, raising the prospect they could contract blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV or be exposed to remnants of heroin or other drugs.

    Needles turn up in places like parks, baseball diamonds, trails and beaches isolated spots where drug users can gather and attract little attention, and often the same spots used by the public for recreation. The needles are tossed out of carelessness or the fear of being prosecuted for possessing them. We started seeing it last year here and there. But now, its just raining needles everywhere we go, said Morrison, a burly, tattooed construction worker whose Clean River Project has six boats working parts of the 117-mile (188-kilometer) Merrimack river.

    Its become pretty commonplace to find them. We call it a rite of passage for a child to find their first needle, said Gabrielle Korte, a member of the groups needle team. Its very depressing. Its infuriating. Its just gross. Studies have found that needle exchange programs can reduce pollution, said Don Des Jarlais, a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital in New York.

    But Morrison and Korte complain poor supervision at needle exchanges will simply put more syringes in the hands of people who may not dispose of them properly.

    Its getting so bad many towns want specialists at any excavation sites just in case..
    https://www.boston.com/news/local-ne...in-new-england
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    Here's a thought: STOP HANDING OUT OPIOIDS TO PEOPLE TO SELF-ADMINISTER FOR PAIN.

    For fucksake.

    What we need is a pill specially constructed out of mostly weed with trace amounts of opioids for pain. Not only does weed amplify the pain-killing effects of the opioids, if people take a little too much they'll get so fucking high god will come down and tell them to get their shit together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splansing View Post
    WHAT


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    FUCK


    Here's a thought: STOP HANDING OUT OPIOIDS TO PEOPLE TO SELF-ADMINISTER FOR PAIN.

    For fucksake.

    What we need is a pill specially constructed out of mostly weed with trace amounts of opioids for pain. Not only does weed amplify the pain-killing effects of the opioids, if people take a little too much they'll get so fucking high god will come down and tell them to get their shit together.

    here is another one... stop handing out needles for free.

    and how about this.... stop the narcan.

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    This is becoming a filthy problem. Dirty needles are so gross. We had a huge problem here in one of our lake front parks downtown. The beach was so bad with dirty needles that the park basically turned into a nasty hell hole. It turned into a junkie spot and a glory hole...which is a place where men can meet for anonymous hookups, which included dirty condoms. It was quite the eye sore for downtown. Two years ago, the park rangers and Cleveland PD cleaned it up by arresting and chasing away the junkies and guys looking for sex. Today it is awesome. Concerts every Thursday, families are able to visit, ice cream and snack bars, etc.

    Since heroin is everywhere now, you need to be aware of any public park you visit and be on the look out for needles. I guess, sharps containers can be installed around the parks for the needles if it gets worse. You would think a person would at least use a empty soda bottle to put their dirty needles....it is better than throwing them on the ground. I have seen my fair share...in the parking garage at the hospital has a fair amount of needles laying around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    This is becoming a filthy problem. Dirty needles are so gross. We had a huge problem here in one of our lake front parks downtown. The beach was so bad with dirty needles that the park basically turned into a nasty hell hole. It turned into a junkie spot and a glory hole...which is a place where men can meet for anonymous hookups, which included dirty condoms. It was quite the eye sore for downtown. Two years ago, the park rangers and Cleveland PD cleaned it up by arresting and chasing away the junkies and guys looking for sex. Today it is awesome. Concerts every Thursday, families are able to visit, ice cream and snack bars, etc.

    Since heroin is everywhere now, you need to be aware of any public park you visit and be on the look out for needles. I guess, sharps containers can be installed around the parks for the needles if it gets worse. You would think a person would at least use a empty soda bottle to put their dirty needles....it is better than throwing them on the ground. I have seen my fair share...in the parking garage at the hospital has a fair amount of needles laying around.
    Have there been any / many cases of innocent people being stuck by one of these needles accidentally and picking up a serious infection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Have there been any / many cases of innocent people being stuck by one of these needles accidentally and picking up a serious infection?
    I am not sure, but I have a good friend who contracted Hep C from a needle stick when she worked in oral surgery. It is not always the Big 3...HIV, Hep B and C, you can contract a MRSA infection as well..because the needles have been shared or used more than once. A needle stick is a big, costly, pain in the ass. It is months of monitoring, screening, testing, and treatment. It is also mentally disturbing. HIV does not show up right away, neither does Hep B or C. You have to wait until your body produces antibodies to fight the infection, so you wait around with a dark cloud hanging over your head for several months until you can breath easier. If you are married or in a relationship, you also have to use a condom until you are in the clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    This is becoming a filthy problem. Dirty needles are so gross. We had a huge problem here in one of our lake front parks downtown. The beach was so bad with dirty needles that the park basically turned into a nasty hell hole. It turned into a junkie spot and a glory hole...which is a place where men can meet for anonymous hookups, which included dirty condoms. It was quite the eye sore for downtown. Two years ago, the park rangers and Cleveland PD cleaned it up by arresting and chasing away the junkies and guys looking for sex. Today it is awesome. Concerts every Thursday, families are able to visit, ice cream and snack bars, etc.

    Since heroin is everywhere now, you need to be aware of any public park you visit and be on the look out for needles. I guess, sharps containers can be installed around the parks for the needles if it gets worse. You would think a person would at least use a empty soda bottle to put their dirty needles....it is better than throwing them on the ground. I have seen my fair share...in the parking garage at the hospital has a fair amount of needles laying around.
    yep and they are sources of HCV HBV and HIV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    I am not sure, but I have a good friend who contracted Hep C from a needle stick when she worked in oral surgery. It is not always the Big 3...HIV, Hep B and C, you can contract a MRSA infection as well..because the needles have been shared or used more than once. A needle stick is a big, costly, pain in the ass. It is months of monitoring, screening, testing, and treatment. It is also mentally disturbing. HIV does not show up right away, neither does Hep B or C. You have to wait until your body produces antibodies to fight the infection, so you wait around with a dark cloud hanging over your head for several months until you can breath easier. If you are married or in a relationship, you also have to use a condom until you are in the clear.
    Bad situation for all. It's one thing for a heroin addict to go and fry his brains but to ruin the lives of the innocent. It's not just the health issues but a mountain of criminal activity follows it. Just the break ins & robberies are an epidemic.
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    SAD!! Just sad. And here comes THE 50 year old conundrum! Is it a medical problem or a crime problem?
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    Yeah, we're addressing the issue here in Philadelphia. This was published just a day or two ago:

    Cleanup of Philadelphia’s infamous heroin gulch along the Conrail tracks in the Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods is scheduled to start within the next two weeks. The project includes the removal of thousands of hypodermic needles left behind by heroin users, and untold amounts of other debris.
    Are discarded hypodermic needles a public health threat?

    And this recovering addict made an effort to increase heroin-addiction awareness three blocks from my office:



    Story here

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