City of Kamloops grapples with needle disposal, looks to add bins

By James Peters
August 24, 2017 - 12:18pm

KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops says it is hoping to install dozens more needle disposal bins throughout the city, saying drug users improperly disposing of used needles is an ongoing problem.

As it stands now, there are five sharps containers throughout Kamloops.

Four are in downtown parks, and the fifth is near McDonald Park on the North Shore.

Corporate Services and Community Safety Director David Duckworth says the city wants to install 20 to 30 more around the city, in conjunction with ASK Wellness and Interior Health.

Complaints have become louder in recent weeks that needles are being found discarded in areas that could be dangerous to the public.

Duckworth says the city and the two other agencies will continue to work with the provincial Ministry of Health to come up with better methods and strategies for collecting sharps.

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