Local group to unveil first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park | Metro

BY Angy Altamirano

The Washington Heights CORNER Project

Sarah Deutsch paints the city’s first public-access syringe drop-off box, which will be shaped like a daisy. (Photo: Washington Heights CORNER Project)

Through the beauty and simplicity of a flower, one New York City organization is hoping to help keep their local parks cleaner and safer from dirty syringe needles.

The Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) — a harm reduction agency that aims to improve the quality of life and health of drug users — is set to launch Tuesday the city’s first public-access syringe drop-off box.

Standing 6 feet tall and shaped like a daisy, the drop-off box — which will be located at 177th Street and Haven Avenue — will allow individuals to pass by at any time and drop off used syringes, instead of disposing them in the parks.

“[We want to] keep the parks safer and generally more pleasing and more approachable for the general community,” said Sarah Deutsch, WHCP associate director of outreach and prevention services.

Since 2007, WHCP has been sending outreach workers to pick up used syringes across Washington Heights. During that time, the group has learned where drug users most often dispose their syringes.

The group has collected a total of 93,000 syringes in Washington Heights since 2009 and the location of the drop-off box is one of the highest density areas for syringes.

Read more: Local group to unveil first-ever syringe drop-off box inside an NYC park | Metro

Related: Washington Heights nonprofit vying for Excellence Award | NY Daily News

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