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Mar 2, 2016 12:17 PM

Increase in number of used needles found in Belmont has police issuing an alert

BELMONT - A growing number of used hypodermic needles found around town has police issuing an alert to residents on what to do if they find one.

Belmont police say they've received 29 reports of discarded needles over the past year - along roads, public places and by business owners who find them discarded in their restrooms.

Police say anyone who comes across these needles should not touch them because of the risk of being exposed to biohazardous materials. Instead, if outdoors, mark the spot with a stick of other marker and report the location to the police.

Anyone accidentally stuck by a used needle should wash the exposed area with soap and water or a skin antiseptic and then seek immediate medical attention.

"With the state battling a surge in the use of heroin and other intravenous drugs, discarding of used needles in public places is becoming commonplace," police said in a news release.

"This notice is not to being made to cause undo alarm but rather educate those who are not aware of the issue at hand," it concludes.

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