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Prosecutor: Beware of needles at Easter egg hunts
KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (Angenette Levy) -- As children and their parents plan Easter egg hunts this weekend, a local prosecutor is warning them to be on the lookout when planting and hunting the eggs.
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders issued a warning on his Facebook page Friday asking parents to look for discarded needles.
"EASTER EGG SAFETY: BEWARE OF HEROIN NEEDLES! The heroin plague is no joke! Discarded needles can be infected with HIV, Hepatitis C, or other deadly viruses. If you plan to have an Easter egg hunt, especially in a park or other public space, scour the area to be certain its free of discarded needles," part of the warning stated.
Sanders said the heroin epidemic Greater Cincinnati is experiencing led him to issue the warning. He said complaints about specific parks or area have not been reported. But, recently he spoke to a doctor who specializes in addiction treatment who raised the concern about Easter egg hunts and the possibility that discarded needles might be in areas where children play.
"Really it's something that these days parents ought to be very aware of is discarded needles and the risk of their children picking them up and doing this on a daily basis. Anytime their kids are in a public place or for that matter sometimes your own yard depending on where you live," Sanders said.
Diseases such as Hepatitis C can live on a needle for several days, posing a risk to anyone who may come in contact with one.
"It's really not limited to any one part of Northern Kentucky. We have it downtown, we have it out in the country, in the suburbs in between," Sanders said.
At Covington's Goebel Park, one mother said she hadn't seen any needles in the park, but she had seen them on the street in other parts of the neighborhood.
"You don't worry about those sorts of things and then you have children and think I do need to be concerned about them picking up needles or left over bottles," said Molly Kirstein, a mother of two.
A grandmother said she'd seen needles in Kenney Shields Park. All the more reason Sanders is asking parents - no matter where they live - to keep an eye out.
"This is something we're just going to have to get used to until this heroin problem, until we get some solutions to it," Sanders said.