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Spokane man finds bag full of needles while on a hike

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane man is feeling a little less excited about his hikes after he stumbled upon a backpack at the bottom of Doomsday Hill.

That’s because the backpack was filled with needles, some of them used, Robert Stone says.

He was there taking pictures of eagles and as he was walking back to his friend’s car, he first saw two needles in the snow, and then the backpack.

“This is not a safe place for them,” he says.

That’s because he says the trails here are popular, and thankfully, he says he didn’t slip and fall on one of them in the snow. But what’s especially troubling him is that he says this is a trend he’s seen around town.

“I have friends that have kids and there are certain places I won't take them hiking because of the needles,” he says.

So what do you do if you find needles?

Spokane COPS says you can call Spokane Code Enforcement 509-625-6083 or 509-755-CITY to report it and they’ll get the right people out to take care of it if the needles are find in a city-owned area .

If it’s found in your yard, you’re the one who’s responsible and the Spokane Regional Health District has advice for what to do and how to properly dispose it: https://www.srhd.org/documents/FindingAUsedSyringe.pdf

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