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Letter: Pick-up of syringes, cigarette butts needed around hospital grounds area

Hopefully our obscene syringe infestation can be addressed

Pick-up of syringes, cigarette butts needed around hospital grounds area

Dear CVRD board and Cowichan Regional Hospital District board:

Please address the chronic number of discarded drug syringes, dope paraphernalia and cigarette butts on and near our precious, smoke-free Cowichan District Hospital grounds.

Hopefully our obscene syringe infestation can be addressed, on an ongoing basis, before someone is jabbed and infected by a disease.

Full marks are due our local garbage-picking volunteers, and our responsive public works crews.

Big applause also for everything Experience Cycle owner Will Arnold and his dedicated crew do to remove the terrible, risky drug trash left nightly near Will’s shop along Duncan’s highway strip.

I understand addicts may be challenged with clouded judgement regarding leaving dangerous junk for others to clean up. That’s no excuse, but it is reality.

That’s why we are bravely trying to tackle our homelessness and drug addiction crises.

However, ignorant, lazy folks tossing trash in our communities have no respect for residents’ health and our environment.

Perhaps court sentences for able-bodied, able-minded scofflaws can teach them respect through supervised trash-pick up details around CDH and elsewhere.

We are either part of the solution or part of the problem.

Peter W. Rusland

North Cowichan

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