BC-NM--Little League-Hypodermic Needles, NM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico little league park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region’s outgoing opioid epidemic.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque is racing to clean up syringes littering fields and the ground.
Atrisco Valley Little League president Hector Aguilar says earlier this month an 11-year-old girl was practicing base sliding when a hypodermic needle pierced her foot. He says the girl was taken to a hospital and tested.
Aguilar says he and other coaches and volunteers walk the six baseball fields before practices or games often find 20 to 30 syringes a day.
New Mexico’s drug overdose rate of 24.8 per 100,000 still remains above the national average.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com