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Indiana State Police issuing renewed warning about discarded needles

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- They're lurking in the grass, and hiding in leaves, in places you use every day.

"We're finding these needles on playgrounds. We're finding them in streets. Everywhere," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin with Indiana State Police. 

They're used for a cheap and powerful high, and then they're thrown out like yesterday's trash. The likelihood of coming across a dangerous needle increases by the day.

"Our heroin epidemic is continuing to rise," Goodin said.

That was evident Thursday when WDRB's Chris Sutter and photographer Jeff Gordon found a used needle about 100 feet from a playground and across the street from Big 4 Station in Jeffersonville.

Kathy Lee and her daughter had no idea their favorite spot to get some steps in could also be a danger zone. But it's also not the first time she's had an encounter. 

"Down where I live, I found two," she said. "It's horrible."

Lee wanted to get rid of the needle then but had questions about how to do so safely. 

"I just didn't know what to do," she said.

Lee is not alone. Sometimes people trying do the right thing are getting hurt, and ISP is trying to stop it. 

"We want to make sure people understand how to handle these needles the best that they can," Goodin said.

If you come across a needle in a public place, always call police. 

"We have ways to pick them up," Goodin said. "We have containers and everything."

If there's a needle in your yard and you feel like you can handle it, only do so with the proper protection. 

"If you have puncture-proof gloves, a pair of pliers, anything that you can use to pick that needle up, you're obviously safer to do so," Goodin said.

Only throw it away after you've put the needle in a plastic or glass bottle.

Police also suggest educating your children about needles, so if they run across one, they'll understand the danger. 

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