Is This Acceptable as Collateral Damage?

A member of the Santa Cruz Clean Team recently came across a stash of 281 needles in the Evergreen Cemetery area of the Pogonip, a known area for transient and homeless camps.

It’s also a historic area that has been neglected and is in constant need of maintenance and attention, due to homeless trash and debris.

Who thinks this is acceptable for the community to have to deal with? We’ve heard all the arguments in favor of needle exchange, but the facts are as plain as the photos here. The “collateral damage” is a huge public safety hazard, it enables and perpetuates criminal behavior, and the county leaders seem to still be more concerned about what’s best for the addict instead of what’s best for everyone else.


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