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Eugene Police, CAHOOTS respond to reports of found syringes

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, a syringe is pictured along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., in Scott County, Ind. The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation’s drug abuse epidemic. Health officials released the news Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as part of a call for more use of needle exchange programs. Last year rural Scott County experienced an HIV outbreak, in which more than 100 injection drug users were infected. The state’s governor at the time - Mike Pence, now the vice president-elect - declared a public health emergency and authorized a limited need-exchange program to prevent the virus from spreading further. (Christopher Fryer /News and Tribune via AP, File)

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.

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