CAHOOTS explains how to safely dispose of found syringes

In this Feb. 16, 2017, photo, a discarded syringe sits in the dirt with other debris under a highway overpass where drug users are known to congregate in Everett, Wash. As overdose deaths from opioids and heroin spiked the mayor of Everett, Ray Stephanson, took steps to tackle the epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Now, Stephanson is suing pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, becoming the first city trying to hold the maker of OxyContin accountable for damages to his community. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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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