Winter's melting snow revealed old, used drug syringes throughout the village of Camden. Summer will bring new ones.
"I found a couple syringes underneath bridges, fisherman are finding them. Kids that are playing around near the water are finding them now," said Camden Police Officer, Fred Robenski.
After seeing NewsChannel 2's story about the problem earlier this month, ACR Health reached out to the village, offering help. Between proper disposal and outreach, the problem shrank dramatically. But Camden police aren't stopping there. Next, they plan to go into Camden Schools and brace students for summer syringe season.
"We've got help from other agencies, social service agencies, outreach agencies, that are gonna be present and we're gonna determine the best way to approach this, how to approach each age level of kids," said Officer Robenski.
Camden's School Superintendent was all for tough lessons, if the end results is safer students.
"The Great Camden Area is made up of 7 Towns and 2 Villages that are safe and wonderful places to live and raise children. Unfortunately, similar to all other areas, we have a small percentage of our population who struggle with drug addiction and this has led to some syringes being irresponsibly left in a few public places. I was recently contacted by the Camden Village Police Department and we have agreed to take a proactive approach to educating all of our students, across grade levels, K-12, using age appropriate language and directions, regarding what they need to do if they ever find a syringe. Partnering with the Village Police to educate our students with this additional information is a coordinated effort in helping to keep our students safe," said Dr. Ravo Root, in a statement.
Robenski says police will sit down with the school board in the next week or so, and discuss proper language and approach for grade levels. They will have much to talk about.
"We are gonna talk about the syringes, then we're gonna get into the meth lab bottles that are being found. Fairly rare, but they are being found out there," said Robenski. "We're also gonna talk about drug addiction in the communities and what we face and what they may see and how to combat that. Representatives from other agencies are gonna broach that subject."