CLAREMORE -- A Claremore mother said she didn't want to believe her son last week when he said he found a needle lying in the grass after he got off the school bus.
“We just had that talk. 'No you didn’t. Like, are you sure?' Sadly, that’s exactly what he found,” said parent Trista Bowers.
Officers believe the needle was used for drugs. They said drug needles have been seen in city parks and other public places in town before.
“We’re not seeing an increase or spike in that activity, but it does occur on occasion,” Chief Stan Brown with the Claremore Police Department.
Police said the abandoned needles are possibly linked to the city's constant battle with opioid use and abuse.
“There is an increase in the use of, or abuse of, opioid products, and then that transitions into heroin abuse. “So we know it exists,” Brown said.
Bowers said she's aware of the drug problem in town. She just doesn't want the drugs anywhere near her son.
”It’s where my kid gets on and off the bus. I don’t want him to walk up on that in the morning and see that and ask me what were they doing,” Bowers said.
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