MASSENA - The Massena Police Department continues to respond to incidents where citizens are finding hypodermic needles discarded in public places.
In April, thus far, we responded to 11 incidents where someone found hypodermic needles improperly discarded. There is no pattern with respect to location, Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said.
I want to remind people that hypodermic needles are very dangerous and could cause a serious health risk to anyone handling them improperly. If you come upon a hypodermic needle, if you do not have training in the proper handling of them do not handle it. Please call the police station (769-3577) and report it. If possible, please wait at the location so you can direct officers to it, and keep others away from it, he added.
For information on proper disposal, go to the Department of Health and Human Services Web Site at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/ConsumerProducts/Sharps/ucm263240.htm
The Massena Drug Free Coalition is meeting this week to discuss ideas and develop a program to help deal with this dangerous trend.
Below are the reported incidents this month:
North Main Street