Increase in used drug needles found in public places

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Communities all over central Indiana are seeing an increase in a potential danger that can be found anywhere.

The surge in heroin use across the nation and in Indiana has led to an increase in finding discarded syringes being found in public.

Exposure to a used syringe could mean contracting an infection or a disease such as HIV.

Law enforcement officers are also at risk when searching someone or their property.

Most officers use special gloves to protect themselves, but there is always a risk.

Police say as warmer weather arrives, be aware of these potential dangers.

“In parks or parking lots, behind buildings. There’s no set location where we’re coming across them. They could be anywhere at any time,” said Metro Police Officer Jim Gillespie.

In Johnson County, Sheriff Doug Cox says officers from his office were placed on six month evaluations after coming in contact with a person’s blood or being stuck with a needle.

If you find a syringe, police ask that you use extreme caution and dispose of it properly, or call them and they will come and take it away for you.

Many local health departments have disposal containers for syringes.

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