Children playing in a Saanich, BC, park were reportedly seen using discarded syringes as “darts” say police.
According to Julie Fast, with the Saanich Police Department, officers received a call from a concerned citizen who saw needles scattered around Hampton Park and said that kids were playing darts with the syringes.
Police attended the scene but were unable to locate the children. “We did find needles though and some were uncapped,” noted Fast.
Officers collected the needles and safely disposed of them.
Island Health recommends taking the following steps if you find a discarded needle:
- Stay calm
- Don’t try to replace the cap on needles
- Don’t snap, break or bend needles
- Pick up the needle with care, use work gloves if desired
- Hold the the needle point away from you
- Put the needle in a metal or hard plastic container with a lid (i.e. product or drink bottle)
- Replace cap on container securely and label it
- Wash hands with soap and water
- Drop off the sealed container
Needles placed in containers can be disposed of in a nearby waste bin or at a community drop box.