It’s not long ago that the Clinical Waste Discussion Forum made mention of the considerable IV drug abuse problems in Dundee and the mapping strategies that are being used to combat the problem.
Further news from the city paints a poor picture:
Experts tackling Dundee’s drug problem want more information about where needles are discarded throughout the city.
The number of victims of needle injuries — often children who come to grief while playing — has sparked public outrage especially in the affected communities.
The problem resurfaced only last month when a young girl suffered a needlestick injury in Ardler. Two days later in the same spot medicine bottles, syringes, spoon packs and empty syringe wrappers were found.
Louise Kerr, whose 10-year-old daughter Tia, sustained the needle wound, said: “They don’t care if they’re putting children at risk, be it their own, or anyone else’s. If they have a drug addiction that’s their problem, but they can’t put other people’s lives at risk.”
A beauty therapist has spoken of the terrifying moment a needle wielding drug addict robbed her newly opened business.
Margaret McManus told of her horror when Christopher Rennie thrust an uncapped hypodermic in the face of her colleague, hairdresser Rachel Burns, at their Meadowside premises Midas Touch.
Rennie, 30, a prisoner at Perth Prison, was sentenced to three years in prison for the assault and robbery on June 12.
A Dundee father has expressed his disgust after his young son picked up a used needle while playing outside his home.
Six-year-old Andrew Cox had been outside his family’s Douglas home when he stumbled upon a discarded syringe.
Dad Andrew, 35, said: “His mum was in the close hanging out the washing and Andrew was running around playing. He came across this needle and, not knowing what it was, picked it up to show his mum.”