Used syringe found in Marion raise concerns

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MARION, Ind. (WTHR) — A Marion mom of preschool twins says she and her children walked right by a used syringe by an empty house.

Eyewitness News returned to the spot where that mom saw the syringe on the ground, but it was gone. Worst case scenario: maybe a kid picked it up.

Carl Stanley of Marion said it didn't surprise him to learn a used needle was discovered. "This town is full of heroin addicts that shoot up and just leave their needles on the ground," he said.

Demarcus Alexander, a grandfather, who lives across the street from where the syringe was found agrees. "It doesn't surprise me at all. I've had, I've seen a lot going on. I've seen a lot," said Alexander.

Adults, teens and kids come across them.

"Actually, there's probably still a needle over by the Y," explained one Marion student, who said he called authorities over it. "Me and my fiancé, we were walking with our kids and stuff and I called it into the health department."

That's when gloved officers picked up the syringes.

"The other day, I was at a friend's house and I just happened to look out the car window and see a dirty needle laying on the ground. If his little boy would have been on the other side of the street, he could've picked it up," said Stanley. "It's getting pretty bad."

The problem isn't just confined in Marion. Last fall, used syringes and syringe pieces were found at several IPS school bus stops on the east side of Indianapolis. And last spring, outside Greencastle, the Sheriff's Department had inmates cleaning up a roadside littered with dirty syringes.

Now with the hot weather upon us, the Marion mom says her kids are told to keep their shoes on.

As for grandfather, Demarcus Alexander he says his don't leave the porch. "Don't let them mingle, don't let them go around unless I'm with them."

And for the Marion student, he says all the people that need to do that stuff, "need to go away."

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