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What do you do if you find this?

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A Red Deer Resident was shocked and saddened to find a mess of needle debris on a popular walking trail Thursday afternoon.  Laura Anderson came upon this scene on the path system in her Bower neighbourhood about 2:30 Thursday.  She took a couple of photos so she could show her son what to look for and educate him on how dangerous needles are.  Laura says her 8 year old son uses this path virtually everyday.

If you find needles, there is a correct protocol to follow.   You can find this information posted on the City of Red Deer website….

Found Needles

Discarded needles are a problem for many cities, and Red Deer is no exception. The City acknowledges the work of community agencies who provide needles to intravenous drug users, but the collection of those used needles is a challenge. The City and a number of agencies are working on the issue.
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Read the Needle Disposal Guide here (pdf)

City crews regularly clean up needles to keep public places safe, and a process has been developed to help members of the public know what to do if they find a needle or other drug paraphernalia.

I found a needle. What do I do?

Always treat each needle as contaminated. You have a couple of options if you find one:

  1. I’m too nervous to pick it up or I am unequipped to pick it up.
    • Cover or mark the needle with an object.
    • Call 403-342-8238 for disposal.
  2. I’m willing and equipped to pick it up.
    • I have gloves, tongs or pliers, and a hard sharps container (or plastic bottle with lid).
      • Needle pickup kits are available at your nearest fire hall.
    • Put on latex, rubber or leather gloves. Use tongs or pliers to carefully pick up needle with tip pointed away from you.
    • Put sharps container on stable surface (do not hold it while putting needle inside). Put needle point down into the container and close lid.
    • Do NOT place container in garbage. Dispose of at nearest needle disposal location:
      • Fire stations 1 (4941 46 Street), 2 (5839 67 Street) & Headquarters (4340 32 Street) have 24-hour drop boxes
      • Many pharmacies accept needles
      • Turning Point (4611 50 Avenue)
      • Brown needle drop boxes located through parks and trails
    • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer once you’re done

If you get pricked by a needle:

  • Flush the area with flowing water.
  • Wash the wound well with soap and warm water.
  • Seek medical attention for an assessment of the risk of infection and appropriate treatment.

 

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Video update: A look back and a look ahead from Red Deer Regional Airport CEO Graham Ingham

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As we wrap up 2019, we would like to reflect on a successful year of laying the foundation for growth and development at the Red Deer Regional Airport. Here is a video update from our CEO, Graham Ingham, as he gives reference to the last year, and lays out the priorities as we move into 2020.

We wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season, and success into 2020!

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City of Red Deer

Click here for survey to share your solutions for crime and community safety!

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From The City of Red Deer

Online survey on crime and community safety

Starting today, citizens can go online to share their ideas for improving community safety and reducing crime with The City of Red Deer.

In November, The City hosted six in-person public meetings on community safety.  Approximately 200 people attended and shared their top concerns related to crime and community safety, as well as actions that can be taken that will have an immediate to short-term impact on improving the issues. From the in-person meetings, the top five issues identified were: property crime, justice and enforcement, addictions and substance abuse, personal and community safety, and economic / business impact.

These top issues are included in the online survey, and participants will be asked to identify actions that The City of Red Deer, citizens, business, police and other orders of government (including provincial and federal) can take to tackle these concerns.

“Crime and community safety is our number one priority and by launching online engagement, we can hear from as many people as possible as not everyone was able to attend the in-person sessions,” said City Manager Allan Seabrooke. “Through this engagement we are partnering with the public to determine actions we can each take that will have a direct and immediate impact on improving the community safety issues we are currently experiencing.”

Red Deer, like many other communities across the province and the nation, currently faces drug, health and economic challenges that are affecting the city and the people who live here. While The City of Red Deer has a number of crime reduction and community safety related programs, initiatives and services already underway, there is always room for improvement, and The City wants to hear from citizens on what else we can collectively do.

“The online survey is about prioritizing community safety. Over the last year, City Council and The City of Red Deer, have worked to make decisions that acknowledge the social, economic and community safety challenges we face because of the economic, health and drug crisis in our province and western Canada. We know there is more to be done, and we need our community’s feedback with solutions that can be implemented in the short term so that everyone in our community feels safe in their home, neighbourhood and our city,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

To participate in the online survey and learn more about crime reduction and community safety related work, visit www.reddeer.ca/bettertogether.  The online engagement will remain open to the public until December 31, 2019.

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