With the help of students at St. Luke Catholic High School, the local Municipal Drug Strategy Committee is ready to install a third needle collection box in Smiths Falls.
Town councillors agreed on Oct. 23 to locate the collection box at the corner of Market and Elmsley Streets. The cost of constructing the box, about $2,000, will be funded by community grant money remaining in the town’s current budget.
Market and Elmsley is “a well-lit, well-used corner,” said Councillor Lorraine Allen, council’s representative on the Municipal Drug Strategy Committee. Used needles have been found behind the Rideau Candy Shoppe on Russell Street East, a block which Allen said is dark during the night.
“We do walkabouts and have areas that we check,” said Allen.
Needle collection boxes can be used to dispose of needles used by people with diabetes, or pet owners who need to give their animals injections as well as for needles resulting from illicit drug use, Allen noted.
A collection box placed at Lower Reach Park has been well used. The second collection box was placed at the Smiths Falls office of the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, at 25 Johnston St.