In North Fort Myers, there have been complaints about needles, alcohol containers, and bottles lying around on street corners and bus stops.
We didn’t have to travel through one North Fort Myers neighborhood long to find alcohol containers and random waste laying out in the open (see video above).
Others have reported more, including needles and drug paraphernalia.
In a recent report, one woman had police tell her son, who had just found drug paraphernalia and was wondering what to do about it, “Next time you see something like that, just get a glove, pick it up, and dispose of it.”
“It’s always a great idea to protect yourself as best possible,” said Dr. Rebekah Bernard, a practicing physician in Fort Myers, who agrees with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office told us, quote, “Constituents often pick up the items themselves and all we ask is that if you must do that, please use gloves.”
But Dr. Bernard adds there’s more people need to consider.
“The people who are most likely to get hurt are people who are just trying to do their job cleaning up after us,” she said.
Needles can poke through plastic bags, posing a threat to garbage-collectors or housekeepers. Dr. Bernard recommends placing the items in FDA-cleared sharps containers – or strong, plastic containers.
She says you can check out SafeNeedleDisposal.org to learn how to make one yourself.