'City needs used needle take back'

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As a diabetic and needle user, I am very concerned that the City of Beloit has no physical location to properly dispose of used needles.

The city discontinued its needle take back program in 2016. Tossing used needles in the garbate or flushing them down the sewer is simply irresponsible not to mention a safety and health issue.

Needles are found in public parks, public restrooms, public parking lots and almost anywhere in the city. I spoke with several city employees and even city councilors about the proper disposal of needles. No one seems to have an answer on how the city should handle this growing health risk of used needles in Beloit.

I encourage the city administration to address this issue and find a resolution before one of these needles finds a child.

The cost of a needle take back program is worth whatever cost to prevent a child from possibly contracting hepatitis, HIV or AIDS from contaminated needles.

Dennis Gearing

Beloit

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