Take Back Santa Cruz

Needles in Public Spaces Report – May 2016

May 2016 NIPSTo:  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 42 months. The log was created as a reference so that someone can use the data to:

Total NIPS Finds for Reporting Period 42

For reporting period 42 (5/9/2016-6/9/16), 229 needles found in public spaces were logged. This count includes citizen reports, community group reports and reports by City workers.  41 needles were found by citizens and community groups; the other 188 needles were found by City workers.

Significant Finds For Reporting Period

 Hot Spot NIPS Locations for Reporting Periods 42:

 NIPS Finds In The Past Year:

Overview of Last 42 Months

County Health Officer’s Biennial Report Due

Pursuant to Cal Health & Saf Code § 121349.3, the County Health Officer is required to compile a report on its syringe program every two years.  A meeting allowing public comment – with ample notice – is also required.  It has now been over two years since the last report and the last Board of Supervisors meeting with public comment.  Please advise as to when the public should expect the latest report, as well as be permitted to comment on the Syringe Services Program.

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