Syringe cleanup program seeks volunteers to improve communities

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A new program, now backed by Bernalillo County, is still seeking new volunteers as they continue working to make parks and streets safer. 

The mission, first taken on by the International District Healthy Communities Coalition, is to collect used needles left in parks, neighborhoods and sidewalks. 

Bernalillo County caught wind of the program and joined in. They are now offering training and safe follow-up procedures to get the work done. 

In just 10 weeks of cleaning up, the group has already collected over 1,400 needles in six different parks.

They say even more communities need their help.

“This is an issue all over the county,” said Enrique Cardiel, Urban Health Extension Coordinator. “We want to be able to help parts of the county where people are concerned, really get to this and improve their environment.”

Officials say communities from West Central to far East Side to Barelas to Singing Arrow are now requesting help.

Organizers say they will pick up anywhere between 31 to 500 needles at a time, which is why the need for volunteers is greater than ever. 

The group has two pick-ups coming up on Saturday morning in the alley between Bell and Trumbul and Kentucky and Louisiana as well as Monday afternoon at Wilson Park.

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