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Discarded Needles In Parks And Play Areas Raise Concerns

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Officials say the spike in heroin use in New Hampshire has created a new problem— dangerous needles being left at parks where children play.

Don Pinard of the parks and recreation department in Manchester tells WMUR-TV that they are finding needles in parks across the city just about every day.

The parks are being swept for used syringes, spoons and other items left behind by heroin users.

Pinard says these items are being found in Little League fields, parks and rail trails.

Paramedic supervisor Jason Tredo says emergency officials are concerned about diseases used needles can carry. He says HIV, hepatitis and tetanus could be contracted.

The ambulance service has volunteered to clean up parks before children play there.

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