Warmer weather brings worries, used needles found in Martin County

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Warmer weather brings more worries in Martin County.

Needles have been found in multiple locations.

Sheriff John Kirk says it is a growing epidemic.

"It's only going to get worse. It's not going to get better," Sheriff Kirk pointed out.

Sheriff Kirk is spread thin these days.

"We don't have the resources to fight it," said Kirk.

He says people are finding used needles in playgrounds and parking lots.

"Just yesterday I was at Dempsy Housing. I have found needles there in the last few weeks," the Sheriff recalled.

Roy Lee Spaulding lives in Martin County.

"I've lived here for 47 years and the drugs are just getting worse," said Spaulding.

He says the community should step up to help the sheriff.

"Because it is really dangerous for everybody, the kids, everybody," Spaulding explained.

He told WYMT, he fears the worst will happen before people start keeping a watchful eye on their children.

"The kids will probably die or be rushed to the hospital. It's just a shame," said Spaulding.

Sheriff Kirk says he is doing his best.

"It's a sad thing. It's my job as Sheriff. It's my job to intervene here but you know with resources we have, it's only going to get worse," explained Sheriff Kirk.

Kirk has a strong message for drug users.

"If you're going to do it stay in the house, don't be out here doing it. I prefer you not doing it at all," said the Sheriff.

If you find needles, you can bring them to the Sheriff's Office or a doctors office where they have a proper disposal box.

Sheriff Kirk suggests putting them inside a bottle so no one can be pricked.

Keep in mind, never touch needles without protective gloves.

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