Safety con­cerns

Town em­ploy­ees have dis­posed of nee­dles at four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY PAUL HERRIDGE paul.herridge@south­erngazette.ca

Used sy­ringes have turned up in sev­eral pub­lic ar­eas around Marystown in the past few weeks.

Used sy­ringes have been found in sev­eral lo­ca­tions around Marystown of late.

Den­nis Kelly, the town’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, made coun­cil­lors aware of the mat­ter dur­ing coun­cil’s meet­ing on Sept. 18.

The RCMP has con­tacted the town’s pub­lic works depart­ment to prop­erly dis­pose of the sy­ringes, Kelly said.

On Sept. 19, Kelly told The South­ern Gazette work­ers have picked up nee­dles in four sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions.

Sy­ringes were found in storm sew­ers on Wil­son Street and Small­wood Cres­cent, he said. They have also turned up be­hind the old Ville Marie Swim­ming Pool and at the Mortier Bay Look­out.

“It’s very con­cern­ing,” Mayor Sam Sy­nard said. “It just shows the whole drug is­sue – in Marystown, on the penin­sula, in the prov­ince, across the coun­try – is alarm­ing.”

Sy­nard said, in the past, you might have seen a dis­carded sy­ringe on oc­ca­sion.

“Now they’re pop­ping up in more places and they’re pop­ping up in larger quan­ti­ties,” he said.

“What (drugs are) do­ing to peo­ple’s per­sonal lives and their fam­ily and their fi­nances, it’s just ter­ri­ble all around.”

PAUL HERRIDGE – THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Used sy­ringes have turned up in sev­eral pub­lic ar­eas around Marystown in the past few weeks, one place be­ing be­hind the old Ville Marie Swim­ming Pool.

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