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Discarded drug syringes on the rise in Sweet Home, according to police


March 28, 2018

THIS GRAPH shows numbers of discarded syringes found in Sweet Home, as reported to police, in recent years.

Last year, Sweet Home police responded nearly once a week to reports of discarded syringes.

That trend has continued into 2018, with 17 reports as of Friday – the 12th week of this year. Last year, police responded to 46 reports of discarded syringes.

The year before, 2016, they had just 19, while in 2015, they responded to 30 reports. The five-year low was in 2014, with just 16 reports.

The statistics reflect only syringes that are found in public, said Police Chief Jeff Lynn. Police seize quite a few syringes for destruction from prisoners during booking at the jail and during the ex...

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