A startling discovery in one Springfield neighborhood: Dozens of used needles dumped in the street.
An outraged parent contacted 22News via ReportIt, about needles she saw strewn along the corner of Franklin and Liberty Streets, not far from a playground and high rise apartment buildings.
When 22News went to check it out, we found a pile of needles on the side of the street.
One woman told 22News she’s concerned about her elderly relative that is a tenant at a nearby apartment.
“I have my mother in law living here, she’s 82 years-old,” Luz Figueroa said. “We have to be concerned you never know what’s going to happen to here. If she goes down the stairs by herself to find something like that, somebody comes to her and do some harm.”
The Springfield Board of Public Health voted last month to establish a needle exchange program in the city, after declaring the opioid crisis as a public health emergency.
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