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Date Released: 10/22/2010
Subject: Hypodermic Needles Found
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Eureka

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is responding to several reports of hypodermic needles being found along roadways in the Cutten area of Eureka. Deputies have recovered approximately 70 needles, most of them in small piles on the side of the road and in gutters. The Eureka Police Department has also responded to similar reports within Eureka’ city limits and the California Highway Patrol has also recovered hypodermic needles from the roadway.

The needles are being found primarily along Harrison, Herrick, and Walnut streets in Cutten. They appear to be new, unused disposable insulin-type needles, most are still capped with an orange plastic cap. The Sheriff’s Office is cautioning citizens from handling hypodermic needles.

• Parents should inform children not to touch needles if they find them.
• DO NOT attempt to break needles.
• DO NOT throw needles in regular trash receptacles, dumpsters, or sewers.
• DO NOT attempt to burn needles.
• DO NOT attempt to clean needles.

If a found hypodermic needle poses and immediate threat and it must be moved, wear a pair of gloves and pick up the needle from the sides. Place the needle in a clear plastic bottle and put the cap on the bottle. Call to have law enforcement pick up the bottle for proper disposal; or bring the bottle to a police, fire station, hospital or ambulance station where they can dispose of it properly.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: (707) 445-7251
Eureka Police Department: (707) 441-4044