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Sharps bins installed in Kingston parks

Press release
For immediate release

Sharps bins installed in Kingston parks
Kingston, August 30, 2017 – Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) is pleased to announce that secure sharps kiosks have been installed in 10 locations in the City of Kingston: Woodbine Park, Lake Ontario Park, Confederation Park, McBurney Park, Douglas R. Fluhrer Park, Joseph St., K&P Trail – Belle Park, K&P Trail – Montreal St., Headway Park and KCHC Parkette. A map showing the kiosk locations is available here.

People in the community use needles/sharps for different reasons, including medical ones, and there is a need for 24-hour public access to safe places to dispose of them. The secure sharps kiosks will keep our community safe by reducing the risk of needle poke injuries and ensuring that people can access the bins without barriers.

The sharps kiosks have been rolled out in the community thanks to a strong partnership between Street Heath Centre, the City of Kingston and KFL&A Public Health. The City is covering the cost of the bins and installation, and Public Health is providing ongoing support through seconded outreach staff and coverage of needle and bio hazard costs. Street Health Centre has assumed full responsibility for monitoring and emptying the bins.

“We are thankful for the responsiveness of the City of Kingston and KFL&A Public Health to this community need,” said Violet Acevedo, Manager, Street Health Centre. “When we presented our evidence to make the case for installing sharps bins, they were immediately supportive.”

A part of Kingston Community Health Centres, Street Health Centre is a harm reduction health centre open 365 days a year offering education, treatment through a multidisciplinary team of nurses, physicians, outreach workers, counsellors and an Indigenous Elder.

Kingston Community Health Centres is a multi-service, multi-site accredited organization. Based in Kingston and Napanee, our many programs and services support all aspects of health through all stages of life. Our Mission: To Care. To Respond. To Build Community.
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Violet Acevedo, Manager, Street Health Centre; 613.549.1440
115 Barrack St. Kingston ON K7K 1G2