PORTLAND – Small boxes are popping up in a Portland Park, and they could make a big difference as the heroin crisis continues in Maine.
City leaders installed “Needle Disposal Boxes.” They’re lockable metal containers with openings just large enough to put in a needle or syringe. They were added after an increase in complaints about used needles left in Deering Oaks Park.
“The great thing to report, though, is that our parks are essentially clean and because of the stepped-up enforcement – the lazer focus we took as a city a month ago – we have been able to really eradicate any of the problems that we were seeing in the parks – so they’re safe for children again.” Jon Jennings, Portland City Manager
The city manager says he also hopes these boxes will raise awareness in the community about the growing issue.