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Brantford sets up discarded needle drop box sites

A number of needle drop boxes have been placed around Brantford in an effort to reduce the risk of discarded needles.
A city spokeswoman says the discarded needle drop box program is an effort to reduce the number of needles found in public places. (Bert Savard/CBC)

A number of needle drop boxes have been placed around Brantford in an effort to reduce the risk of discarded needles.

The one-year pilot project, in conjunction with  St. Leonard's Community Services, was approved by Brantford city council in December of 2017 as part of a local plan to address the opioid crisis and to ensure, a city website says, "that people who use needles can access safe disposal, and that stray needles and needle debris are dealt with promptly and safely."

A city spokeswoman says the program is an effort to reduce the number of needles found in public places.

The local health unit is also working on a plan to train and equip a volunteer needle discovery and disposal team to patrol high priority areas and properly dispose of discarded needles.

The city has set up five 24-hour locations at Adjacent to Hope Pharmacy, Brant's Crossing Park, the Brantford Civic Centre and at the Fairview Drive and Elgin Street St. Leonard's locations.

Three more centres are open during business hours including at the Brantford Clinic, Towards Recovery and at the  Colborne Street Clinic.

With files from CBC News