Eugene Police, CAHOOTS respond to reports of found syringes
EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene Police received three separate calls to dispose of loose syringes found on the street Saturday night.
White Bird Clinic’s CAHOOTS team handled some of the cases.
CAHOOTS officials said it’s not uncommon to find used syringes in Lane County. They believe it’s a product of opioid addiction.
The needles can be dangerous, possibly containing Hepatitis C.
“We are seeing really rising rates of opioid use specifically. A lot of folks are getting prescribed opioids at a prescription level and then becoming addicted and then turning to street drugs,” said Chelsea Swift from CAHOOTS.
CAHOOTS said you can dispose of needles by picking them up with gloves and placing them in a bottle.
If you don’t feel comfortable throwing them away, you can call the Eugene Police non-emergency line.