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Needles and syringes found at Lewes beauty spot

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On 14 Dec 2018 at 2:35pm local2 wrote:
An annual litter pick of the Winterbourne Stream which runs through the Railway Land Nature Reserve in Lewes has uncovered discarded needles and syringes.

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On 14 Dec 2018 at 2:43pm inthegutter wrote:
Sigh. I had my first Lewes experience with discard needles recently: I popped to the toilet behind the precinct to find one in the stall. In the past I've popped in their with my two young children, obviously I can't risk that in the future.
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On 14 Dec 2018 at 5:24pm Green Sleeves wrote:
If you provide sharps bins ill pop them in there next time?
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On 14 Dec 2018 at 8:08pm Green Sleeves wrote:
Lol
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On 15 Dec 2018 at 6:52am CurriedFavour wrote:
Iíve seen some in the woods on the Railway Land too
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On 15 Dec 2018 at 8:13am CactusBadger wrote:
Obviously didn't read the article. Do not touch! It's too easily to make a mistake. Report this issue to the council as stated at the end of the article.
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On 15 Dec 2018 at 8:56am CactusBadger wrote:
Or maybe we'll should try get the council to install one of these in every area children play?

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On 15 Dec 2018 at 9:26am Larkspur wrote:
@pedro, as funny as a dose of hepatitis or HIV.
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On 15 Dec 2018 at 12:08pm Green Sleeves wrote:
@larkspur - yet it is a somewhat better solution to the problem (providing sharps bins for example) than doing nothing about it beyond just getting angry. You're not going to stop people using just by judgmentally huffing and puffing about it. However, a sensible government set of policies towards addiction and drugs in general can reduce overdoses and syringes being discarded. How do we know this? Because other countries do it, and it works.
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On 15 Dec 2018 at 2:57pm CactusBadger wrote:
And yet nothing is probably exactly what you, me and the average person should do. Don't give drug users money for drugs, don't encourage the provision of sharps bins in public places especially where children frequent. If you really care, get involved properly. Don't just shout some ideas you haven't researched properly from the sidelines and think you've done your bit. The problem of drug addiction is not simple and neither are the solutions. It takes organisation, effort and acceptance from the public, government (local and national), and law enforcement. But while the negative, and knee-jerk, attitudes to drugs and drug taking persist this is unlikely to happen.
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On 15 Dec 2018 at 3:57pm Green Sleeves wrote:
@cactusbadger - sharps bins, better funding for drug addiction treatment programmes, as well as supervised drug consumption rooms. All of these are solutions used with success elsewhere.

Sure, it involves some initial investment, but if that reduced overdose rates, and reduced carelessly discarded needles, it would seem to me something worth pursuing.
 
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On 17 Dec 2018 at 9:24am Tom Pain wrote:
Perhaps you'll sponsor the Greensleeves sharps bin. Just think, it would be a permanent memorial to your philanthropy.
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On 17 Dec 2018 at 2:06pm Green Sleeves wrote:
@tom pain, happy to pay a bit more through taxation to fund them, and I've never come across a discarded needle before in Lewes. I don't doubt (and have no reason to doubt) their existence and danger, neither do I doubt that progressive and common sense policies would be effective in reducing it. Sharps bins would help. Don't be so hasty with your cynicism.

Or provide a workable alternative solution. The status quo and whinging doesn't work.


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