New fears over used sy­ringes

Middleton Guardian - - CHILDREN IN NEED -

SOME nee­dle-users are not get­ting rid of used sy­ringes safely be­cause there are not enough col­lec­tion points, a health group says.

Bet­ter Health 4 Mid­dle­ton says a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple with di­a­betes and other con­di­tions which re­quire them to in­ject med­i­ca­tion are not tak­ing their sharps to a nee­dle ex­change or surgery if the trip is too time-con­sum­ing.

Health chiefs say it is vi­tal nee­dle-users take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their dis­posal – par­tic­u­larly at a time when re­sources are stretched. But, speak­ing at a meet­ing of Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing, the group’s Tony Et­ten­field said it was of­ten ‘damned in­con­ve­nient’ for peo­ple’.

He also ques­tioned why phar­ma­cies were not able to col­lect used-nee­dles – given the bor­ough has one nee­dle ex­change – in Lan­g­ley – and four surg­eries which will ac­cept sy­ringes.

He said: “It just raises that prob­lem of just throw­ing them any­where, and the re­sponse that came back from the CCG just led me to believe that the an­swer is to throw them in a pub­lic space be­cause then pub­lic health will have to col­lect them, which is not the ideal sit­u­a­tion.”

Dr Chris Duffy, who chaired the meet­ing, agreed a so­lu­tion was needed but said any new money would have to be di­verted from else­where.

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