Drug paraphernalia when it is not disposed of properly is known as drug litter. Drug paraphernalia is any equipment or material that is used for making, using or carrying drugs.
It is theoretically possible that blood borne diseases could be transmitted to you by inadvertently receiving a needle stick injury, when, for example; handling refuse or piles of leaves in areas open to the public. This can also include private areas open to the public such as behind front low garden walls. In the unlikely event that you receive a needle stick injury from a discarded needle, you should see call 112 as soon as possible for advice.
If you find discarded needles do not handle them and report the location to Cornwall Council Customer Services here https://secure.cornwall.gov.uk/form/auto/waste_cleanse_request or telephone 0300 1234 141
WithYou operate a needle exchange in some areas of Cornwall
Where you can:
• pick up free needles and barrels
• return used equipment
• get confidential advice
• use our new click and collect service
Information on what to expect when you visit a needle exchange is available here
Visit https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/ for more information.
For more information on needle exchange contact With You on 0333 2000 325
Cornwall Council offers a clinical waste collection service that can be accessed here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-waste/rubbish-and-waste-collections/clinical-waste-collections/
If you need help or support you can get more information on our drug pages Here