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Drug needles cleanup effort grows in Marinette, Menominee


MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - Residents in Marinette and Menominee have had enough of finding drug needles throughout their communities due to what they feel is a growing drug problem.

On Wednesday, some residents who organized cleanups through social media gathered at Red Arrow Park in Marinette to cleanup some of those needles.

“I just feel sorry for my grandchildren if they come down to this beach and I used to swim here a lot when I was a child,” Tina Rupert, who found a needle while cleaning up the beach, told FOX 11.

Rupert joined a few dozen other people who want to keep the community clean.

“In the last week this suddenly happened due to a few of us going out on the beach one night finding needles,” Benjamin Conley, the organizer of the cleanup, told FOX 11.

Conley helped organize the cleanup through Facebook. Conley says a similar outing last week produced about a dozen needles in three hours.

“It could be heroin,” Marinette Police Sgt. Scott Ries told FOX 11. “It could be other types of drugs being used intravenously.”

Police say no matter what the needles are being used for, they are extremely dangerous because of the potential for disease.

“Now it’s just to the point where it’s really bad,” said Peterson. “We have posters, people finding needles in their mailboxes, in their lawns.”

The group’s organizer says 4 needles were found in the park on Wednesday.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).