Across Cornwall, a series of pharmacies offer needle exchange facilities to prevent this, however, some users persistently dispose of used needles without thought of the consequences of their actions.

It is theoretically possible that blood borne diseases could be transmitted to members of the public, 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 someone does receive a needle stick injury from a discarded needle, they should see their Doctor as soon as possible for advice.

Cornwall Council offer a clinical waste collection service which can be found here.

Syringes may also be found amongst flytipped rubbish, and this be reported here.

Cornwall Council receives regular reports of discarded needles throughout Cornwall, and has an effective system for the swift removal and disposal of this hazardous waste.

However, Safer Cornwall has additionally taken the opportunity to gather the data on the needle finds and use it to help address the root problem.

The two main areas that we use the locations of the needle finds are:

1) To provide D&C police with the data, where relevant, to help inform the drug intelligence picture. This enables targeted intervention work on  the supply and use of illegal drugs.

 2) To provide Addaction with information of increased injecting use in particular geographic areas, to ensure support services for  drug users are in place, and in some circumstances, where the needles identify possible users, to advise them on their safe disposal.

More advise on drugs available here

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