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New Video Highlights The Impact of Discarded Needles On The Community

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Commissioned by City & South Neighbourhood Partnership and produced by a local independent film maker, the informative video was released in response to recent concerns from residents living in the Butetown Community following a spate of drug litter found in the area.

The video features key interviews with service users, Police, APB representatives, Needle Exchange staff and members of the local authority.

Cardiff & Vale Area Planning Board has taken a number of actions to address the communities concerns, such as the purchasing of an innovative device called ‘safelock‘. The pioneering piece of equipment renders used needless harmless by ‘locking’ the needle in secure plastic casing. Once inserted the needle cannot be removed therefore minimising harm and reducing risk to others.

Since the devices have been introduced, needle exchange services are already seeing an increase in the numbers of returned paraphernalia which has been a well received outcome.

Members of the public are encouraged to note the following harm reduction advice should they encounter any used needles. 

It is important to record discarded needle information.

If you see a discarded needle, note the location as accurately as possible (i.e. outside house number 20 on Easy Street) and the number of needles found. If you have a camera phone then take a photograph. Then send the information to Ben Davies (bendavies@cardiff.gov.uk). You should also phone Cardiff Council on 029 2087 2087 or Vale Council on 01446 700111 to have the needles removed.

Please do not touch any drug paraphernalia!

If you get a needle stick injury follow the four simple steps below;
* Encourage bleeding by gently squeezing the area – Do not suck.
* Wash effected area with soap and running water – Do not scrub the area.
* Cover area with waterproof dressing.
* Seek medical attention at the Emergency Unit as soon as possible.

 

 

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