Dozens of syringes found on Island Beach State Park shoreline

The Department of Environmental Protection says 37 syringes were found along a 10-mile stretch of Island Beach State Park Friday. (7/30/13)

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK - The Department of Environmental Protection says 37 syringes were found along a 10-mile stretch of Island Beach State Park Friday.

Officials say debris and plastic garbage also washed up at the Ocean County park.

The discovery of medical waste prompted a full canvas of the shoreline Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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No additional syringes were found, and the beaches were never closed.

The DEP says a sewer overflow following heavy rains and onshore winds was likely the cause of the debris.
 

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