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“It’s raining needles”: Drug crisis creates danger to public, environment

Activist Rocky Morrison, founder of the “Clean River Project” in Lowell, Massachusetts, holds up a fish bowl filled with used hypodermic needles found in 2016. Morrison leads a clean-up effort along the Merrimack River, which winds through Lowell.  CHARLES KRUPA /

Metals from cigarette butts may pose potential threat to marine environment

Fisherman smoking. Cigarette filters, which are made of cellulose acetate, may act like other plastics in providing a conduit to transport metals in marine environments, researchers suggest. (stock image) Credit: © Wollwerth Imagery / Fotolia Littered cigarette butts may be an