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May 23, 2015 4:08 PM

First responders clean up Manchester parks of drug paraphernalia for holiday weekend


MANCHESTER _ A team of first responders spent a day at the city's public parks and fields in an effort to collect and dispose of as many used heroin needles and other drug paraphernalia to clean them up for families this holiday weekend.

"In total we found 13 used syringes with needles, six used needles without syringes, four used syringes, two metal spoons with blackened backs and residue from using them to cook the heroin for injection, and one complete “kit” (needle, syringe, spoon, and rope for a tourniquet. All items we found were properly disposed of," said Christopher Hickey, a shift commander with American Medical Response-Manchester, the emergency response service for the city.

He said first responders have seen the rise in drug use and addiction in the city over the past four years, and were moved to act when they saw NH1's story on children and parents finding discarded needles and other paraphernalia in the city's parks and fields.

Hickey said his crew was able to visit the majority of parks and fields on the east side of the city, including Ray Cross Field, Derryfield Park/Lemire Field, Stevens Park, Arms Park, Victory Park, Pulaski Park, and the Derryfield parking lot

They also hit a couple other areas including Huse Road, West Mitchell Street at Brown Avenue hear the playground and Wellington Road new Old Wellington Road near the Interstate 93 overpass.

"This was an unfortunately productive day, but it allows us and the residents of Manchester to rest a little easier this holiday weekend knowing that a significant mount of used drug paraphernalia is out of our city fields and parks," Hickey said.


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