Be Careful with Needles on the Ground


Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Spring has arrived and Algoma Public Health (APH) and the City of Sault Ste. Marie would like to remind residents to be careful if they come across needles on the ground.

For the most part, people who use needles take steps to dispose of them properly. If needles are found on public property, residents may call Public Works at 705-759-5201 to arrange for pickup and proper disposal by City staff.

“Sharps (needles) may pose a risk of physical harm or serious bloodborne infections if handled inappropriately, said Jon Bouma, manager of Infectious Diseases at Algoma Public Health.  “It is important to pick up and dispose of them properly.”

“If you find a needle on your property, use a pair of tongs, pliers or tweezers to pick up the needle with the needle pointing down and away from you. Place the needle in a hard plastic container, like a coffee container or water bottle that you can close tightly.”

These containers can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at the landfill site on Fifth Line.

In addition, they can be dropped off at a needle drop bin located outside the John Howard Society or on the corner of Gore/Albert Street.

Three more needle drop bins will be installed in the city in the coming weeks.

One will be located at Algoma Public Health (294 Willow Avenue) with 2 more installed in the city (locations yet to be determined).

These bins help with safe needle disposal, divert sharps away from the City landfill site and help protect Public Works staff who collect garbage.

Algoma Public Health also runs a needle exchange program that helps to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

The program is available Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the John Howard Society located at 27 King St.


  1. I am thankful that this article was written. None of your judgments make the situation any safer. In order for safety to be the forefront we need to not turn a blind eye but instead have knowledge of what is going on around us. The church beside my house had countless needles last year and so far none this year, so something is improving at least. Sure it is a scary and sad state of affairs to have needle drug users in our community, but talking poorly about it amongst yourselves in a comment section does not make our city safer, nor does it keep the drug use behind closed doors. We have an opportunity for dialogue so let’s act and talk like mature adults.

  2. Junkies are akin to dogs, they care not where they toss their used needles any more than dogs care where they drop a load.

  3. I claim no knowledge of how a needle exchange works, BUT, how about only giving out as many as they bring back in? One for one, no exceptions. Haven’t any and want some? Pick some up that are laying about and take them back. Your poor life decisions need not affect the rest of we Saultites.

  4. Really they should be making them bring back the dirty needles to get clean ones it is a needle EXCHANGE program they have here isn’t it

  5. More and more needle drop bins added throughout the city.. the ones in use are not full. Junkies do not care about the general public. Quit giving out the needles for free. Quit prescribing opiods for pain.. that will quell the problem much better. This shouldn’t be a problem for little kids to worry about. Disgusting! Shame on all of you.

    • I agree, I could care less if someone wants to slowly kill themselves bu sticking shit in their arm but can you dispose of your needle properly

    • I’m sorry bob but some people actually live in excruciating pain and they need pain medication to help them. But people prescribed pain medication shouldn’t abuse it. If taken properly then there is no problem. As for junkies injecting and government funding them well yes they should stop supplying free needles.

    • Jennifer Stopar-Jovanovic they do abuse it.. most all of them. I know middle-aged grandmothers, otherwise normal people who are addicted. The doctors are advising people to take this shit!! Oh, and they get kick-backs from the pharmaceutical companies. Imagine that.

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