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Aug 9, 2017 12:18 PM

Police chief concerned for 'anyone, especially children,' finding needles by NH beaches

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NORTH HAMPTON — Needles popping up by public beaches has the North Hampton police chief warning the public.

"Our concern is anyone, especially children, finding a syringe and handling that," said Chief Michael Maddocks.

The North Hampton Police Department has dealt with four incidents this year, which Maddocks called concerning. Two of those incidents led children to discover the needles.

On Aug. 4, a child found a syringe near the fish houses on the grounds of North Hampton State Beach. This child told their mother about the discovery, who then called police.

Maddocks said that people should call police right away after someone finds a needle or syringe so an officer can respond and properly dispose of the item at the fire department.

A 2-year-old also found a syringe on Lafayette Road on July 6, according to Maddocks.

Other discoveries occurred on a wall across from the Beach Plum on April 5 and on Ocean Boulevard in the area of Willow Avenue on March 20.

Maddocks said one can speculate that the current opioid epidemic has led to the influx of syringes being found.

"It doesn't seem to make sense to me that a person who is a diabetic would be disposing needles this way," he said.

Hampton also has seen needles on their local beach down the street.

On June 4, lifeguards treated a 10-year-old girl who stepped on a hypodermic needle.

READ: Young girl treated after stepping on needle at Hampton Beach

Officials had said that needles at Hampton were not as common as needles at North Hampton.

Anyone who comes in contact with a syringe in North Hampton is asked to call the police department at 603-964-8621.

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