Needles / Syringes

Source: Seymour Police Department

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Seymour Police Department is warning the public to keep an eye out for uncapped needles.

According to a social media post by the agency, a resident accidentally punctured a finger on an uncapped needle that was discarded inside a toilet paper roll in a public restroom.

"It fell out of there and stuck them in their hand," Officer Craig Owens said. 

Officers have found more needles on the streets in recent months. The police department says the syringes are often found in public places like local parks where children play. Owens says it's an unfortunate impact of the opioid epidemic. 

"Every city is struggling with it, but I think that citizens are starting to become upset with it," he said.

Police are asking anyone who comes across uncapped needles in the area to contact the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234 for proper disposal.

"If they find something on the street or wherever in the yard what we'd ask is that they call the police department," Owens said. 

Callers are also asked to remain near the syringe in order to warn others away until police arrive. Callers who are unable to remain on the scene are asked not to move the needle, but to place a marker nearby to make it easy for police to spot.

Jackson County does not have a syringe exchange, but needles can be dropped off at the county health department. 

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