Needles in Parks, Minimal Cost Solutions: Part Four

residents citizensNeedles in Parks, Minimal Cost Solutions: Part Four
So far we have talked about getting addicts and homeless to do self-policing and putting Sharp containers in public places to reduce needles in public places. The final solution is for residents themselves to take care of the drug paraphernalia problem in public places. Right off the bat the argument is ‘why should we have to pick up after junkies?’ To an extent I agree. It actually irritates me to the extreme. People should be upset. But being upset and doing nothing will not make public places safer.

Residents, citizens need to take responsibility for the safety of their public places. Expecting addicts and the homeless to do it is unrealistic. Yes we can do everything possible to get them to be more responsible, but at the end of the day, if there is a problem, it is up to each of us to take care of the problem.The more we do as citizens, the less we need to depend upon expensive government services. The more we do as citizens there is more money that can be spent getting to the root problems of addiction and homelessness. There is more money that can be focused in getting people help that have addictions and are homeless. Spending money on Safe Injection Sites to reduce drug paraphernalia in public places is foolishness when most of this problem can be resolved through getting addicts and the homeless to self-police, putting Sharp containers in public places, AND residents taking ownership in making their public places more safe. Along the way, there will be much more interaction with addicts, mentally ill, homeless, and more potential of getting them help. They are more likely to get help when relationships are built with them, than opening up Safe Injection Sites.

In regards to Sharp containers, yes there is the challenge of how to dispose of them, along with drug paraphernalia. There are some costs involved. If handled the correct way, the cost is minimal. There are a variety of ways to do this. Concerned citizens can contribute to a community fund that covers the cost. Some of the collection can be done by city employees that are already paid to do this. Obtain a grant that covers all the costs. I am certain that all of the residents that are concerned about this issue chipped in a few dollars each month, the cost would be minimal for everyone.

If everything we suggested was implemented, the community would have much more involvement with those who are dealing with addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Our public places would be safer places. There is one less reason for Safe Injection Sites. This is a win-win situation. Much better solution than people grumbling, complaining, fighting, hating, blaming, etc.

Final Statement
All of us have different causes that we feel strongly about and we are willing to fight for on a regular basis. Honestly, the topic of needles in public places is not one of them for me. I do not believe the problem is as serious as some people make it to be. It is limited in specific areas of our community. Overall it is not a major problem in Burien. It also is not a major issue for me because i am one who chooses to focus on the real issue, people addicted to drugs. If you get them help to be addiction free, the needle problem lessens. More importantly a life can be transformed.

My point is we all have different concerns. You will not find me complaining about needles in the park. You will not find me collecting needles in the park. Instead you will find me talking to addicts, the mentally ill, and the homeless. So, let’s not judge others because they do not have the same concern as us. TAKE NOTE: Even though needles in public places is not big on my personal list, I chose to take on some of the cause for the sake of our community. Let’s all do more at working together instead of against each other. We all care for our community, don’t we? Let’s support each other in doing what we can to improve our community. That certainly includes doing all we can to help our less fortunate (regardless of why they are less fortunate).

Needles in Parks, Minimal Cost Solutions: Part One
Needles in Parks, Minimal Cost Solutions: Part Two
Needles in Parks, Minimal Cost Solutions: Part Three
Needles in Parks, Minimal Cost Solutions: Part Four

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