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Discarded needles becoming a concern in La Crosse

Discarded needles a concern in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - It's long been known that the city of La Crosse has a drug problem but now confirmation of the scope of it can be seen in the resent discovery of discarded needles on city streets.

The city's Heroin Task Force said most have been found in the downtown area on the lower northside and just south of downtown. Although there are places in the city where you can properly and discreetly dispose of the needles, like the AIDS Resource Center and the fire department, users fear getting in trouble.
It's illegal in Wisconsin to put sharps in the trash or with recyclables.

"We already know there are hot spots in the community where people will go to use, so I think we probably could put some sharps containers in there without inviting additional use," says Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force, Keith Lease.

DNR officials say needle sticks are one of the most common workers' compensation injuries in the state's garbage collection industry.

People who find drug paraphernalia like hypodermic needles are asked to contact police or the sheriff's department.

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