February 27, 2020
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Lewiston considers collection boxes for dirty syringes

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Two syringes are seen in a front yard in Portland in this May 9, 2019, file photo.

The city of Lewiston is considering putting up secure disposal boxes for used syringes due to a rise in the number of needles from drug use found on city property.

The Sun Journal reports that the City Council gave initial approval to the program last week. An official vote is scheduled for Sept. 3.

The disposal containers are intended to reduce the chances that members of the public come in contact with used needles that could transmit infectious diseases carried by the original users.

Police Chief Brian O’Malley said his department and Lewiston Public Works are contacted multiple times a week to collect and dispose of needles found by residents in parks or other areas.

The city of Portland installed needle disposal containers in 2015.

Related: The opioid crisis in Maine

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