The La Crosse Fire Department continues to respond
to almost daily reports of hypodermic needles being
found on sidewalks all around the city.
They say so far this month.
they've responded to 8 calls.
and the numbers have been slowly increasing as the
Often times, the needles are used for drugs.
We first brought up this story late last week.
Some at the fire department believe the county's effort
to stop the spread of disease through the Needle Exchange
Program could be playing a role in the amount of needles
The needle exchange program in La Crosse distributed
nearly 92-thousand syringes last year.
The Vice-President of the Aids Resource Center of
Wisconsin says it's truly a needle exchange program
to get as many used needles out of the community as
We provide them with a sharps container, and ask them
to return that to us full of used needles, and then
we will provide them with clean needles.
However, they do not count how many needles are in
the sharps container when it is returned because it's
dangerous for the staff...
So they don't necessarily know the exact number of
dirty needles that are being exchanged for clean ones.
If you come across any needles.
contact the fire department or the county's emergency