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Bangor Police: Stop dropping used needles on streets, parks

FILE - The Bangor Police Department has demanded people stop leaving used needles around the city. (Maine State Police)

BANGOR (WGME) -- The Bangor Police Department has demanded people stop leaving used needles around the city.

“Stop dropping your used and unused hypodermic needles on the streets and parks in Bangor,” Sgt. Tim Cotton wrote on the department’s page on Facebook. “You (if you do this) are creating dangerous situations in places where there should be no danger."

Sgt. Cotton pointed out that there is a needle exchange program at the Health Equity Alliance on Pine Street that accepts used needles.

“That is also a no judgment zone and they do this to keep other people safe,” Sgt. Cotton wrote. “Do not throw used sharps on our streets, into the police department flower beds, other people's plant pots, parks, picnic tables, or anywhere else.”

Sgt. Cotton says improperly discarded needles pose a risk to the community.

“If you have the foresight to hide them, take the extra step to put them in an old soda bottle (you could even pick up plastic bottles off the ground, making this a great way to clean up the environment),” Sgt. Cotton wrote. “This is a no judgment post, just stop being careless. Other people do not deserve to be victims in your journey.”

Sgt. Cotton says if you see if you see a needle on the street, please call the police department and they will send an officer to pick it up.

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