PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Makiah Sperry, 17, started crying after she and her friends found the third dirty heroin needle near the trail along the popular Hollywood Beach.
It's not the needle that affected Sperry -- she's found nearly 100 of them since she and other teenagers started scouring parks and playgrounds for heroin's dirty evidence earlier this year – it's the personal story.
Sperry started volunteering for the group, Hope for Heroin, after her ex-boyfriend got addicted and was sent to jail.
"Going through that was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do," said Sperry, holding a bag full of trash and a water bottle full of dirty needles, needle caps and foil, used to heat up the heroin.
Meanwhile, another community group organized a protest along the main drag in Port Angeles to raise awareness about the city's heroin problem.
They shouted and screamed as cars honked.
The families lining the street want clean playgrounds and safe neighborhoods.
They say there is an influx of petty crime and car break-ins.
"I'm tired of it," said Shelly Bradshaw. "We're too small of a town to have this big of a problem."