Take Back Santa Cruz

Needles in Public Spaces Report – January 2017

To:  Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz City Council

Please find the Take Back Santa Cruz Needles Solutions Team Needles in Public Spaces (NIPS) report attached.  This is a log of citizen reports of needles found in public spaces for the last 50 months. The log was created as a reference so that someone can use the data to:

Total NIPS Finds for Reporting Period 50

For reporting period 50 (1/9/2017-2/8/17), 272 needles found in public spaces were logged. This count includes citizen reports, community group reports and reports by City workers.  92 needles were found by citizens and community groups; the other 180 needles were found by City workers.  

 Significant Finds For Reporting Period 50

 Needles were again found at numerous Santa Cruz beaches:

o   Main Beach

o   Seabright Beach

o   Twin Lakes Beach

o   Capitola Village Beach

 Hot Spot NIPS Locations for Reporting Periods 50:

 NIPS Finds In The Past Year:

Overview of Last 50 months


 The County must operate a true 1:1 exchange to ensure that no needles from the Syringe Services Program are ending up in our public spaces.  Former SSP clients whom we’ve interviewed stated that they regularly received clean needles without exchanging dirty ones.  Furthermore, discarded needles are regularly found with other items from the SSP, such as sterile water capsules.

 Best regards –  Needles Solutions Team
Attachments: NIPS workbook, City Parks & Rec needles log for January 2017, Photos

To report needles found in public spaces, please refer to our Needles In Public Spaces Resource page.

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