ACTION has been taken to get rid of blood-stained syringes found near drug addicts' clinics, it was revealed last night. Commissioner for Narcotics Alasdair Sinclair said measures were introduced following complaints from the public. The South China Morning Post revealed this month that syringes were littering the small lawn and flowerbeds behind the Lady Trench Methadone Clinic in Tsuen Wan. Now pavements around the territory's 23 methadone centres are being swept three times a day. Flowerbeds are being picked daily. New training programmes for cleaners are also being introduced to tackle the problem. Mr Sinclair said it was essential to ensure people were not in danger of being infected by dirty needles. ''There have been complaints in some districts about the nuisance from the trafficking of drugs or the leaving of used syringes. ''These problems are being tackled. It's not realistic to think all drug addicts will pack up their syringes and put them in a bin.'' Mr Sinclair rejected calls by members of the Action Committee Against Narcotics to shorten opening hours at the clinics.