Needle Disposal Kiosks In Colorado – Good Idea?
Denver installed the first city-led needle disposal kiosk last week - and more could pop up, depending on the success of this kiosk.
The kiosk was installed on the Cherry Creek trail near Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard, an area that has been viewed as a hot-spot for drug use. Used needles have been accumulating in the area, hence the need for a needle disposal kiosk.
"...We had gotten a number of complaints from employees and the public concerned about being stuck by needles," says spokeswoman for Denver Environmental Health, Meghan Hughes. "This addresses a public safety issue."
The needle disposal project is a partnership between Denver's Office of Drug Strategy, Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation, and the mayor's office, as well as organizations such as the Harm Reduction Action Center and Colorado AIDS Project.
Would you like to see more used needle disposal kiosks pop up in Denver? How about in Northern Colorado?