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Warning issued after needles found stashed all over city parks

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

City workers in Longview say they're finding needles in bushes, gutters and bathroom stalls, prompting a warning for families in the southwest Washington town.

City officials said they're finding needles all over city parks, and that drug users are carving holes in bathroom walls to hide them there.

It has been a growing problem over the last two years, specifically in Lake Sacajawea Park, where maintenance workers said they have found used needles stashed in the bushes and in the Mutt Mitt dispensers used by dog owners. They've also been found hidden inside toilet paper rolls in the bathroom stalls.

Parks supervisor Curt Nedved said no workers or park visitors have been stuck by the needles yet, but he worries it's only a matter of time.

"Around the playgrounds and on the sports fields, we have kids out there playing," Nedved said. "We try to get there before all the events, but we can't see everything all the time."

If you find a syringe at a city park, don't touch it. Alert the parks department so they can safely dispose of it.

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