Health and Human Services: Call 311 if you find a needle on the ground

Hampden County

Someone dumped a pile of needles on a Springfield street this week.

Well, those needles have since been picked up, but no one knows who did it.

Health and Human Services is the agency that has the ability and the proper equipment to safely dispose of discarded needles.

A pile of needles was left on the side of the road at the corner of Liberty and Franklin Streets in Springfield on Thursday.

22News returned to that location a day later to find all but two of them had been picked up.

Springfield’s Commissioner of Division of Health and Human Services Helen Caulton-Harris told 22News her department heard about the needles through Springfield police.

When her staff members went to pick the needles up, the pile was gone.

Caulton-Harris told 22News her staff is qualified to properly dispose of these needles.

“We certainly have facilitated the pick up of needles, our staff is trained to have sharps containers in their cars, so they have the ability to pick up discarded needles,” Caulton-Harris said.

Caulton-Harris said the needles found on the side of the road were a result of medical waste.

One Springfield resident told 22News this isn’t the first time she’s seen needles dumped in this area.

“I’ve seen needles in the park, there’s a lot of kids who play in the park and what worries me is if these kids get poked, what’s going to happen?” Eva Rivera of Springfield asked.

Caulton Harris told 22News multiple diseases can be passed through picking up needles with your bare hands.

If you find a needle on the ground in Springfield don’t’ pick it up. You’re urged to call the city’s 311 line, and they’ll make arrangements for the cleanup.

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