Camden police, schools, educate students for summer syringe season

Winter's melting snow revealed old, used drug syringes throughout the village of Camden. Summer will bring new ones.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 6:16 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 6:24 PM

Winter's melting snow revealed old, used drug syringes throughout the village of Camden.  Summer will bring new ones.

"I found a couple syringes underneath bridges, fisherman are finding them. Kids that are playing around near the water are finding them now," said Camden Police Officer, Fred Robenski.

After seeing NewsChannel 2's story about the problem earlier this month, ACR Health reached out to the village, offering help. Between proper disposal and outreach, the problem shrank dramatically. But Camden police aren't stopping there. Next, they plan to go into Camden Schools and brace students for summer syringe season.

"We've got help from other agencies, social service agencies, outreach agencies, that are gonna be present and we're gonna determine the best way to approach this, how to approach each age level of kids," said Officer Robenski.

Camden's School Superintendent was all for tough lessons, if the end results is safer students.

"The Great Camden Area is made up of 7 Towns and 2 Villages that are safe and wonderful places to live and raise children. Unfortunately, similar to all other areas, we have a small percentage of our population who struggle with drug addiction and this has led to some syringes being irresponsibly left in a few public places. I was recently contacted by the Camden Village Police Department and we have agreed to take a proactive approach to educating all of our students, across grade levels, K-12, using age appropriate language and directions, regarding what they need to do if they ever find a syringe. Partnering with the Village Police to educate our students with this additional information is a coordinated effort in helping to keep our students safe," said Dr. Ravo Root, in a statement.

Robenski says police will sit down with the school board in the next week or so, and discuss proper language and approach for grade levels. They will have much to talk about.

"We are gonna talk about the syringes, then we're gonna get into the meth lab bottles that are being found. Fairly rare, but they are being found out there," said Robenski. "We're also gonna talk about drug addiction in the communities and what we face and what they may see and how to combat that. Representatives from other agencies are gonna broach that subject."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 505431

Reported Deaths: 33506
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens772137294
Kings757797400
Bronx556614992
Nassau500072208
Suffolk493002019
Westchester406811470
New York364003198
Rockland18110684
Richmond174571095
Orange13743507
Erie13262717
Monroe7493300
Onondaga5603212
Dutchess5525165
Albany3705140
Broome366298
Oneida2784129
Ulster253895
Niagara2108102
Putnam183363
Sullivan180048
Chemung17973
Schenectady159150
Saratoga138317
Rensselaer111142
Steuben104157
Chautauqua97614
Columbia72338
Ontario69735
Tioga67230
Oswego6394
Tompkins6390
Madison57717
Cortland5670
Wayne5305
Cattaraugus52718
Greene51018
Warren46133
Cayuga4292
Chenango4137
Orleans41354
Otsego4105
St. Lawrence4094
Genesee4065
Herkimer39410
Fulton36524
Washington34014
Allegany3368
Livingston3278
Montgomery2724
Clinton2555
Jefferson2140
Essex1990
Wyoming1965
Delaware1817
Seneca1483
Lewis1390
Schuyler1390
Yates1287
Schoharie1130
Franklin820
Hamilton180
Unassigned017
Utica
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 27°
Oneonta
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 24°
Herkimer
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 27°
Thendara
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 27°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left