New Mexico Little League park plagued by hypodermic needles

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess This May 8, 2019, photo shows hypodermic needles, needle caps, cotton swabs and other drug paraphernalia removed from Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque, N.M. The little league park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region’s outgoing opioid epidemic. (Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region’s ongoing opioid epidemic.Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque is racing to clean up syringes littering fields and the grounds to protect the children who play on them, the Albuquerque Journal reports.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ IOC inspectors face report on tough Olympic work conditions Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Atrisco Valley Little League president Hector Aguilar said earlier this month an 11-year-old girl was practicing base sliding when a hypodermic needle pierced her foot. He said the girl was taken to a hospital and tested and “will have to undergo further testing in three months to see if she was infected with anything.”He and other coaches and volunteers walk the six baseball fields before practices or games often find 20 to 30 syringes a day, Aguilar said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The needle problem affects all the fields. We even find them in the dugout, where kids sit, and under the bleachers, where the parents and spectators sit. There is one field at the west end, the very back of the park, that we can no longer use because it’s just saturated with needles,” Aguilar said. “It is completely out of commission for us.”While the state has enacted a series of measures in recent years to combat the scourge, its drug overdose rate of 24.8 per 100,000 still remains above the national average. Federal data put the state’s number of deaths at 493 in 2017. The figures show more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States that year.Still, the opioid epidemic hitting a New Mexico Little League park is angering some parents.“It was very sad, disgusting and, above all, disappointing,” said Marlena Gurule, whose two sons play on baseball teams at the park. “As a mother, safety is my biggest concern, of course. But another consideration is that the Little League operates off of concession sales. It’s what allows us to purchase equipment. If Atrisco Valley Little League has to shut some of its fields, it financially impacts the league as a whole, and that impacts the children in the league.”Atrisco Park is owned and maintained by Bernalillo County. During an average season about 20 games are played on each field and more than 350 kids rely on those baseball diamonds, Aguilar said.In March, Aguilar said, he notified County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada, who represents the area where the park is, as well as officials at the Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department, about the growing needle crisis at the park.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img