THE discovery of drug needles along a city street has led to a call for a crackdown on drug-taking in Cork.
Councillor Ken O'Flynn was contacted by a constituent who sent him a photograph of two needles discarded along Fr Mathew street along with other drug-related paraphernalia close to the Cork studio of RTÉ.
Mr O'Flynn said: "On Fr Mathew Street he found a needle just lying on the street which is such a hazardous thing to have lying around. I fully understand we can’t control every situation but needles on our street, and not just this street needs to be addressed.
"These items pose a health risk to the general public and we cannot allow our streets to be littered with drug paraphernalia".
Many city councillors, including independent Paudie Dineen and former Lord Mayor Des Cahill, have spoken recently about open drug-taking in the city centre.
City centre trader Kevin Herlihy, owns three Centra stores in the inner city, also recently spoke to The Echo recently about open drug dealing in the city.
The HSE urges the public not to touch drug paraphernalia and to immediately contact Cork City Council or local Garda Station upon its discovery.
Cork City Council has a dedicated phone number on 1800 22 22 26 (open from 9am – 5pm) and 021 4966512 (out of hours service) for the discovery of such items
The HSE said: "Under no circumstances should anyone carry or bring a needle to a general waste bin. Always bring a sharps bin to the location first and dispose of sharp item or needle. In short, bring the bin to the pin. All sharps bins have instructions on them, please follow them carefully.
If you incur/experience a needle stick injury please contact your GP for treatment or your local Accident & Emergency Department."