Heroin crisis: needles found outside of apt.

Posted at 8:49 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-27 09:05:18-05

A Buffalo woman has been left furious after she and her husband found two needles in front of her apartment building.

Another sign of the heroin crisis has hit too close to home for some Buffalo residents.

"I was shocked," said Gina Mara. The Buffalo resident said that her husband found a needle in the back of his pick-up truck, which was parked near the intersection of West Ferry and Delaware. He texted her a picture after he headed out to grab a cup of coffee.

Mara said that a few hours later, "I came out here, and saw another one laying on the ground. So that's two needles in front of one building in one day."

One day later, Mara showed the needle to 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Rachel Elzufon. She was frustrated that it was still there.

"It's not only effecting the families who live it, but also the families who live around it," Mara said.

Mara lives in a neighborhood with a school and several expensive condos. Until recently, she never expected to find this.

"It doesn't matter what area you live in. The epidemic is all over. It's not just certain parts of Buffalo, it's everywhere," Mara said.

She is also worried about the safety of anybody walking in the area.

"A child, a dog, firemen, rescue workers, anybody could step on that. I was worried about my garbage man."

Officials tell 7 Eyewitness News that anybody who finds a needle should contact local police or the County Health Department.