City Team Picks up Needles in Public Areas

A new program, Mobile Sharps Collection Team (MSCT), dispatches crews to properly handle loose, sharp needles left in public spaces, has been operating throughout Boston since early June under the direction of the Health and Human Services and the Boston Health Commission.

In addition, Citizens Can act now has a new feature which allows elderly to file reports through their mobile app.

“Public spaces should be safe for the people of Boston and visitors, and loose needles are a risk to anyone who is exposed,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a press release. “Throughout the many public meetings I hosted, I’ve heard, loud and clear, the concerns of our residents. I commend the Department of Innovation and Technology, Health and Human Services, Civic Engagement, Neighborhood Services and the Boston Public Health Commission for their collaborative efforts in launching this new initiative. This new, permanent program will make positive change throughout our neighborhoods.”

Since June, the team has collected over 2,000 needles in public places. During slow reporting times MSCT will travel throughout the city’s neighborhoods collecting any needles they can find.

Specific details, pertaining to landmarks and other markers, need to be identified to facilitate the best possible response.

” The Mobile Sharps Collection Team, thus far has proven to be a viable service to the city’s residents,” Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina said. “Removing these needles as soon as possible prevents health issues and possible injuries in the city’s public areas.”

            Report the situation to the Mayor Walsh’s 24-Hour Hotline by calling 617-635-4500.

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