Community Film on Discarded Needles

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A Cardiff based filmmaker has created a Community Film on Discarded Needles. The film addresses the impact of discarded needles on the community in Butetown.

Film on Discarded Needles

Who took part in the film on Discarded Needles

Various members of the community and people who use needle exchange participated in the film on Discarded Needles. The film also interviews the Police, the Area Planning Board, Needle Exchange Services, Waste Management and Cardiff Council.

Film on Discarded Needles

What is the film about?

The film highlights the impact of discarded needles on the community. It explains why it is important to return all drug paraphernalia to needle exchange services. The film was commissioned by City & South Neighbourhood Partnership Fund after concerns highlighted by Butetown residents.

To view the film please click here.

We would welcome your thoughts on discarded drug paraphernalia in Butetown and other areas of Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan.

Film on Discarded Needles

What do I do if I find a discarded needle?

Discarded needles found on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. Discarded needles found on public land are the responsibility of the Local Authority.

It is important to record discarded needle information. If you see a discarded needle, note the location as accurately as possible (i.e. outside house number 20 on Easy Street) and the number of needles found. If you have a camera phone then take a photograph. Then send the information to Ben Davies ( You should also phone Cardiff Council on 029 2087 2087 or Vale Council on 01446 700111 to have the needles removed.

Please do no touch any drug paraphernalia.

If you get a needle stick injury follow the four simple steps below;

  1. Encourage bleeding by gently squeezing the area – Do not suck.
  2. Wash effected area with soap and running water – Do not scrub the area.
  3. Cover area with waterproof dressing.
  4. Attend the Emergency Unit as soon as possible.

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