Letter: Used needles in Kamloops much more than ‘litter’


It’s no secret Kamloops has been dealing with an increasing drug and crime problem and it’s no secret that the spin-off of that crisis has plagued our city with harm-reduction paraphernalia.

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The paraphernalia exists as a direct result of our health authority’s antiquated harm-reduction policy. 

We have seen areas of our city overrun with biohazard filth that is an unquestionable risk to our community, so will someone please tell me why our city council is so bent on calling it trash? 

On May 13, Kamloops Coun. Kathy Sinclair once again took to social media to state that “used needles are a litter problem and need to be dealt with as such.”

I was stunned to read it the first time but after reading it again, I am angry.

Here are the facts for anyone wondering what the risk to their health is should they be poked on the streets of Kamloops.

Studies have shown the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can survive in a syringe for up to six week, while hepatitis C can remain detectable for up to two months.

If Sinclair can tell me when that needle was dropped and by whom, perhaps I could accept her zero-harm philosophy.

Saying “transmission is virtually zero” is no different than telling me my odds of winning the lottery — the one difference being I can choose whether or not I buy the ticket.

Garbage goes in the trash.

Unless Kamloops council wants its bins filled with drug paraphernalia by the various agencies and people volunteering to clean up, I suggest it find a new title for the untold number of discarded biohazard items that litter the community.

Dennis Giesbrecht

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