DENVER - Denver has installed a needle disposal kiosk on the Cherry Creek trail near Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard as part of a project to see whether more are necessary in other parts of the city.
The kiosk was installed last week. The box is anchored to the ground and has a slot similar to a mailbox. The pre-printed sign explaining the box's use is on back-order and will be installed later.
This is the first city-led needle disposal container in Denver. The location was chosen because it had been viewed as a hotspot for drug use, and used needles had been accumulating in the area.
"One of the primary reasons is we had gotten a number of complaints from employees and the public concerned about being stuck by needles," said Meghan Hughes, spokeswoman for Denver Environmental Health, which will handle needle disposal. "This addresses a public safety issue."
The pilot project is a partnership among the city's Office of Drug Strategy, Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation and mayor's office. Outside organizations such as the Harm Reduction Action Center and Colorado AIDS Project are also involved.