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.