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Bernalillo County launches website to track found heroin needles

Bernalillo County launches website to track found heroin needles

The Associated Press
August 09, 2019 01:42 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials have launched a digital mapping tool to track the places where heroin needles and syringes are found in New Mexico's largest city.

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Bernalillo County officials say the website is part of a push to collect data and track drug use in Albuquerque and elsewhere in their jurisdiction.

They say volunteers, and city and county workers have collected about 13,000 needles since May 2018. A crew collected more than 80 Friday at an abandoned property in northeast Albuquerque.

Officials say they hope the data will help guide drug policy decisions and help avoid duplicating clean-up efforts.

A spokesman for Bernalillo County's Department of Behavioral Health Services says he isn't aware of current efforts elsewhere to use GIS mapping to track drug use, though other counties have attempted similar initiatives in the past.

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