Surprising places heroin users toss needles

Posted at 9:54 AM, Oct 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-05 09:54:53-04

CINCINNATI — Even if you don't know someone who's been affected by the heroin epidemic, you're sure to find signs of it left behind on our streets.

From playgrounds to cars, users throw away their needles in places that might surprise you. We asked law enforcement officers and community outreach leaders to show us where they find them. 

A syringe found under a slide near McMicken Avenue and McMillan Street in Cincinnati. (Provided | Adam Reilly, co-founder of the Cincinnati Exchange Project)


A man told West Chester police officers that he found this syringe inside his motel room drawer at the Tri-County Inn. 


A syringe found in the bushes in a Walnut Hills alley in Cincinnati. (Taylor Mirfendereski | WCPO)


Syringes found on the ground near Oyler School in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill. (Provided photo | Adam Reilly)


A West Chester resident found this needle outside of her home on Gravestone Court and turned it over to police. (Taylor Mirfendereski | WCPO)


A syringe found on the ground near McMicken Street and Central Parkway in Cincinnati.  (Provided | Adam Reilly) 


The syringe found next to a 35-year-old man who overdosed on heroin and died on Monongaheza Drive in Newtown, Ohio.  (Provided | Newtown Police Department)


A Fort Thomas police officer recovered this syringe from a driver that he pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 275 East. (Taylor Mirfendereski | WCPO) 


A syringe found in the middle of the sidewalk on Boal Street in Cincinnati's Prospect Hill. (Provided photo | Adam Reilly)


A heroin syringe in the backyard of a daycare center on Taft Road, just east of the University of Cincinnati. (Provided | Adam Reilly)


A heroin syringe found on the ground at Fairview Park in Cincinnati. (Provided | Adam Reilly)


The syringe, heroin and cooking supplies found next to a 32-year-old man who overdosed on heroin in Newtown, Ohio. (Taylor Mirfendereski | WCPO)