Parents in Marinette and Menominee, Michigan said it's frightening, and a growing problem, as they find needles possibly used by drug users in public places.
"We've found several in front of my house. I have a friend who actually found them in his front yard where his two year old daughter plays," said George Higdon, Marinette resident.
In Menominee, parents are now afraid to let their kids do activities once thought to be harmless, like play on playgrounds or swim at the beach.
"If a kid steps on that they're getting that needle in the bottom of their foot," said Higdon.
"Needles carry a lot of diseases, you know," said Jason McGhee, City of Menominee Police Patrolman. "You get pricked by it and you don't know what that person had, you don't know what kind of diseases and what you could get."
Police confirm it's a growing trend in the area, due in part to a serious heroin problem in the Marinette and Menominee area.
"It's been increasing more and more," said McGhee. "As the drug gains popularity we start to find more of the paraphernalia."
And, police said residents who find needles and other evidence of drug use shouldn't just let it sit there.
"You can give the local police department a call. You know, there's a lot of things going on, but we'd like to help clean it up," McGhee said. "If you're comfortable with it, feel free to wear some gloves and you can take it to the health department."
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:23:28 GMT
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