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Neath Port Talbot had the most discarded needles collected in Wales.

Source: The BBC Read the article

Thousands of discarded needles collected in Wales

Nearly 6,000 discarded needles have been collected from Welsh streets since 2015, figures obtained by the BBC show.

More than 2,100 requests were made to local councils leading to more than 5,900 needles being picked up.

But the total amount could be significantly higher because not all Welsh local authorities provided data.

The BBC asked every local authority in the UK how many reports they had received about discarded needles, and about 300 responded.

Neath Port Talbot had the most, with 391 between 2015 and 2017. It was closely followed by Wrexham, where they were 390 and Newport, where there were 376 reports.

The Welsh Government said it gives 22.6m a year towards tackling substance misuse, including needle and syringe programmes aiming to reduce the number of viruses and infections caused by sharing equipment, as well as reducing "drug-related litter".