Syringes in the Streets: Camden, ACR Health, team up to fight village drug problem

After seeing NewsChannel 2's report on Camden's issue of used drug syringes popping up all over the village, the head of ACR Health's syringe exchange program went to Camden, to offer help.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 6:27 PM

After seeing NewsChannel 2's report on Camden's issue of used drug syringes popping up all over the village, the head of ACR Health's syringe exchange program went to Camden, to offer help.

Roberto Gonzalez, of ACR Health, says Camden has been on the agency's radar for about a year, in terms of opioid activity. Gonzalez says once the snow melts, it's common for syringes to start surfacing in usage areas. He says ACR Health will dispatch teams to Camden to assist with removal and proper disposal, but also to offer outreach, right on the street, if necessary, to anyone affected by addiction.

Camden Police Officer Fred Robenski, who previously spent years working in narcotics at the Rome Police Department, welcomes the partnership. He says used syringes have been found everywhere from outside the library, to convenience store bathrooms and the end of people's driveways. Two weeks ago, one of two fatal overdoses in Oneida County, was in Camden.

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