Intravenous drug use increases at downtown university

UQAM reports drug addicts use the school's washrooms to inject themselves
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UQAM, a French university east of the downtown core, is asking for the public health agency’s help with a used needle issue in its public washrooms.

La Presse reported this past winter was a record breaker as far as how many used needles the school collected from its washrooms, many left on the floor.

Employees are left with no choice but to clean up, risking their health – walls and floors are often covered in blood.

The school installed needle disposal bins in the washrooms and it estimates 3,000 will be collected by the end of the academic year.

Since January, the university reported 4,500 people were caught inside the university for no apparent reason. Of those, 2,000 were escorted out because security guards suspected they were going to commit a crime.

This isn’t the first time drug use has caused issues in the area. Merchants in the Berri-UQAM metro station report seeing dozens of drug transactions every day.

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  1. Fed up posted on 04/11/2014 07:00 AM
    I am a doctoral candidate and work in the science pavilion at UQAM (President Kennedy and St. Urbain). There is a homeless shelter at the church on the corner; I often see people shooting up in broad daylight (and using a variety of other drugs) and just throwing their needles on the ground. I have mentioned this to police and they do absolutely nothing about it, in fact they said it makes no point to arrest them as they will not pay the fines and just take up space in the jail system (they pointed out that many try getting arrested in the winter so they will have a warm place to stay and free food). I am constantly harassed for cigarettes and change as well. Getting tired of it...
    1. Rick posted on 04/11/2014 08:28 AM
      @Fed up Blame your little system called Capitalism for the problem with the homeless in this city. Your cold hearted "just get rid of them" attitude is why I despise the rich.
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