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Heroin Needles Popping Up in Clark Co.
SPRINGFIELD -- A heroin epidemic has hit the Miami Valley and drug users are dumping used needles where little kids can easily get their hands on them.
At the Ronez Manor Apartments in Springfield, parents say they've seen some feet away from the complex's playground.
"I found two needles right outside of our apartment," said one grandmother.
This was in broad daylight.
"Just think what if somebody was out here, sitting on the side waiting for somebody else to make a deal and they drop a piece and the kids think it's candy," said a mother who didn't want to be identified.
"It was between me and my neighbor's window and I had her come grab it with a trash bag and I also found one going down to check my mail too, Me: I mean when you first saw those needles, having kids Taylor: I freaked out, I was mad," said Lori Taylor, of Springfield.
No one was at the Ronez Manor Leasing Office to tell me why there were needles on sight, but a maintenance man say they clean the complex daily. The evidence of drug activity is just one example of a bigger problem all throughout Clark County.
"It's cheap and it's pure, a small amount for a small price, we're seeing heroin sold for $5 and $10 dollars," said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.
Which is why the needles are popping up in places, they shouldn't be, playgrounds.
So what should you do if you find them?
"First of all they need to take every precaution to pick them up and then to properly dispose of them, The Health Department, many restaurants today have needle disposal locations in the restrooms," said Sheriff Kelly.
These Springfield parents just want a bit of relief when they allow their kids to go out and play.
"I'd like to see this place cleaned up, I'd like to see this park rebuilt, and I'd like to see a fence around this park to where children can come and play safely," said one parent.
September is national recovery month and on Saturday, McKinley Hall, a drug and alcohol abuse center in Springfield is hosting its second annual recovery rally. People who have overcome addiction will share their stories. The rally starts at noon.
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