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Community takes action against dumped hypodermic needles and drugs

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Wanchese, N.C. - An alarming number of used hypodermic needles found on playgrounds and in front yards on the Outer Banks community of Wanchese.

Drug use is up and residents say the proof is turning up all over the place.

"Needles were everywhere but even our local parks had them. Right here in this school building, throwing in people yards, I mean people were finding them mowing their yards," said Kamala Warren.

"There were needles that were found in a lot of different places. That was serious enough for people to worry about it," said Dare County Sheriff, Doug Doughtie.

Warren and a few others decided to do something about the problem. They created a community watch program, and asked the Dare County Sheriff's Office for help.

The department answered the call by reorganizing and assigning three deputies to the community impact unit.

"If somebody calls and says: 'This is a problem this is what's happening next door.'  We go next door and knock on the door. We go next door and knock on the door everyday until the problem is solved," said Donovan Ruth of the Dare County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday night, more than 40 people gathered at the Wanchese Community Building for an update on the problems in the area. So far, deputies have arrested nearly 12 people in the last seven weeks. It's a positive change  people attending the meeting say is good start; however, they say the fight to keep the community safe is not over.

The community plans to hold another meeting in the spring.




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