Almost 1,000 needles and syringes discarded by drug users are being found by members of the public on the North-east’s streets every year, according to new figures.
A total of 658 incidents have been reported to Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils since April 2015.
While the numbers have been dropping in recent years, health bosses say more work is needed.
Adam Coldwells, chief officer of the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “While it’s encouraging to see a continued fall in the amount of (drug) paraphernalia being found in public areas, there’s still much to do to tackle the challenges at the source.”
In 2015-16, a total of 244 incidents were reported. This fell to 232 the following year and 182 in 2017-18. Part of the decline has been attributed to a change in culture towards injecting drug users, with more feeling able to safely use the network of needle exchanges across the region.