1. I found a needle. What can I do?
2. Advice for parents of small children
3. What are the risks of touching or being poked by a discarded needle?
4. What do I do if I get poked by a needle?
5. What are sharps containers, and where are they available?
6. What do Safe Needle Disposal Boxes look like and where are they located?
Printable Safe Needle Disposal Guide
Printable poster: Safe Needle Disposal Tips
Drug and needle debris in public places are a challenging and growing issue for Lethbridge, and our community is not alone. Cities across Canada and the globe are tackling this issue with strategies to ensure communities are as safe and healthy as possible.
Needles are used by people with specific health conditions and people with drug addictions. Safe disposal of these needles reduces the chances of injury. This important information on safe needle disposal is for those who use needles as well as members of the public who may encounter discarded needles in the community. Everyone is safer when needles are disposed of properly.
Goals for our community
- Reduce risk and prevent injury to the public who encounter discarded needles
- Raise public awareness about needle safety
- Reduce the number of discarded needles in public places
- Provide options for safe disposal of needles
- Educate and empower our community to take safe, appropriate action if they find discarded needles
What the City of Lethbridge is doing
- City Council has approved funding for operation of the ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline (403-332-0722)
- City Council has approved the use of previously unallocated provincial 2018-2019 Outreach Support Services Initiative funding for homelessness to expand the Downtown BRZ Clean Sweep program and Mobile Outreach services to supplement existing efforts to deal with needle debris in the community.
- Our Parks staff are trained in the safe handling & cleanup of needle debris. As required, needle cleanup is part of their regular work in most parks throughout the late spring/summer/early fall months. Every needle cleanup by Parks staff is recorded and tracked.
- We liaise regularly with local school districts on issues including needle debris, and school custodial staff are trained in the safe handling & cleanup of needle debris.
Health & Harm Reduction information
- ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline
Hotline hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week except statutory holidays
- Health Link Alberta
Call 811 for health advice 24/7 from Registered Nurses
- Health Canada
Facts & statistics on the opioid crisis & opioid harms in Canada
The City of Lethbridge is one of 16 local organizations that comprise the
Lethbridge Executive Leaders Coalition on Opioid Use. The Coalition was formed in fall 2016 to collaborate on a coordinated community approach to effectively address the growing crisis of opioid use in Lethbridge.