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Drug syringes damaging toilets in East Sacramento’s McKinley Park

Published On: 11-30-2017 in Category: drug abuse

Drug syringes damaging toilets in East Sacramento’s McKinley Park

At East Sacramento’s iconic McKinley Park, toilets are being flushed down with hypodermic needles, damaging the sewer system in the area. In fact, city authorities were compelled to shut down the toilets twice in the last few months due the clogged sewers. In an attempt to fix the problem, the Sacramento City Council on Nov. 21, 2017, decided to allocate $50,000 to install a mechanical grinder that would chew up the syringes and other objects flushed down the toilets.

In September 2017, the toilets were shut to install portable bathrooms and hand washing areas around the park. But in a matter of a day, drug users ended up stuffing large objects in the toilets, which had to be removed soon. “This is another problem we have with drug users, but if you close down the bathrooms, then the rest of our constituents have no facilities. Moreover, that is not the kind of city I envision,” said Councilman Jeff Harris, who represents East Sacramento.

Harris said that simply removing an amenity to shape public behavior is not a solution to the problem. Speaking about investing $50,000 to procure a grinder, Harris believes it would not make a hole in the city’s budget. However, to stop the toilets from being shut down, he said the only viable alternative is to hire paid attendants to monitor the bathrooms.

Meanwhile, the City Council adopted an ordinance to prevent anti-social behavior in Sacramento’s parks. Under the new regulations, police officers can expel anyone deemed to violate park regulations, which includes drinking as well as littering. Harris admitted that the McKinley Park has sporadic problems with the unruly behaviors of homeless campers and drunks, but he said that the need of the hour is to ensure everyone’s safety.

Drug addiction is a reality across the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that both prescription as well as illicit opioids like heroin are the major cause of drug overdose deaths nationwide. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015. One factor behind the surge in heroin and opioid use was the monumental increase in the use of prescription painkillers. This surge became all the more dangerous when Mexican drug trafficking organizations began flooding the American cities with cheaper and more potent heroin, which was easier to obtain than prescription opioids.

Currently, both Mexican and Colombian heroin dominate the U.S. drug market, with traffickers taking advantage of the latest innovations in technology to penetrate deeper into the country to reach out to a completely new group of end-users such as high schoolers, university students, aspiring college athletes and professionals. This has resulted in easy-to-get injectable white powder heroin in syringes, which can be used to get a powerful high.

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