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Needles in neighborhoods: What you need to know

Not everyone knows what to do when they spot a needle in their neighborhood. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Not everyone knows what to do when they spot a needle in their neighborhood. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Matt Epler (Source: WAVE 3 News) Matt Epler (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Residents can pick up a biohazard box at the Louisville Public Health and Wellness Department. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Residents can pick up a biohazard box at the Louisville Public Health and Wellness Department. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors in the Germantown Schnitzelburg neighborhood said they are finding needles and syringes in neighborhood yards and alleys. As the area grows and develops with new businesses and families moving in, some said it’s a concern. 
 
Matt Epler said he has spotted needles in the in alleys in his neighborhood.

“If you walk through the allies you might notice a needle,” Epler said. “You see a lot of plastic bags, the small Ziploc bags. You kind of know what they are for.”

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Other neighbors said they found some in the area of Logan and Catherine Streets. Epler often disposes of the needles in his neighborhood using a hard plastic container.
 
“People are starting to take notice and clean up the neighborhood,” Epler said. 
 
But not everyone knows what to do when they spot a needle in their neighborhood. Experts at Louisville Health and Wellness said there are several options when it comes to disposing needles.
 
By calling 311, MetroCall can connect a caller to the Harm Reduction Coalition, an organization that will come and pick up the needles you report.
 
Residents can also pick up a biohazard box at the Louisville Public Health and Wellness Department. The box is safe to be filled with needles. It can be dropped off at the needle exchange on Gray Street. 
 
For a list of the FDA’s dos and don’ts for safe needle disposal, click here.

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