MASSENA -- After receiving three complaints in the last week about used syringes being found Police Chief Timmy J. Currier is warning citizens to treat syringes as a biohazard material.
The department has received reports of used syringes eight times in the last six months, he said.
“I strongly urge anyone that observes a syringe should treat it as biohazard material, recognize that it could pose a health risk to anyone handling it, and to contact law enforcement immediately,” said Currier.
“Only those people trained in the proper handling and disposal of a syringe should attempt to handle it.” He urged residents who discover a used syringe to call local law enforcement and, if possible, to remain at the location to monitor the syringe until police arrive.
The dates and locations of used syringe discoveries were:
• Mar. 19 4:41 p.m. Andrews Street (2 Syringes)
• Mar. 20 1:58 p.m Andrews Street (1 Syringe)
• Mar. 25 2:37 p.m. Cornell Ave (1 Syringe)
• Apr. 29 9:54 a.m. Orchard/Pine (1 Syringe)
• Jun. 3 9:00 a.m. Church Street (1 Syringe)
• Sept. 7 3:53 p.m. East Orvis Street (1 Syringe)
• Sept. 14 7:14 a.m. Beach Street (4-5 Syringes)
• Sept. 14 2:14 p.m. High School Area (several Syringes)