Reporting drug related activity & drug litter

Drug litter

The council has systems in place to remove dangerous drug paraphernalia quickly and effectively to ensure the safety of the public.

Anyone who finds drug litter, in particular needles or syringes should not touch it and report it immediately to:

  • 01753 475111, option 1, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or
  • outside of these times call 01753 875298.

Please give details of the location of the litter and approximately how many needles there are.

The council will arrange for a trained professional to collect the paraphernalia safely and quickly. Drug paraphernalia includes any equipment used for drug taking.

This might include: 

  • needles or syringes
  • cans
  • bottles (used to make bongs)
  • pipes
  • spoons
  • silver foil

If you, or a member of your family receive a needle stick injury:

  • do not suck the wound
  • encourage the injury to bleed by gently squeezing it
  • wash area with clean soapy water for at least five minutes
  • cover with a waterproof plaster 
  • seek medical advice immediately from your GP or accident and emergency department.

Drug activity

One of the aims of the Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is to protect the public from drug-related criminal behaviour.

Residents are encouraged to report drug activity so the police can gather intelligence on local drug hotspots and take action to combat drug crime.

To report drug dealing or drug taking activity call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Thames Valley Police on 101.