It is depressingly common to find discarded needles and syringes along with other drug paraphernalia in areas accessible to children. Worst of all are the needles discarded in childrens’ playgrounds, in school grounds, in the park, and on the beach.
Though we have reported many individual cases previously, another two will keep the concern on the agenda, as many other such cases appear and pass without comment or action to prevent recurrence:
Mum’s six-month horror wait to see if little Charlie has disease after she picked it up collecting twigs on her way to see her siblings.
A three-year-old girl is feared to have HIV after she pricked herself in the face with a discarded syringe – but her family won’t know for sure for six months.
Little Charlie’s mother, Lynsey Brown, said she is concerned that her daughter may have contracted the virus when she jabbed the needle into her chin after picking it up in a primary school playground.
As they reached the gate, Charlie picked up a needle with a lid, which she removed and jabbed into her face.
And now the family faces an agonising wait to find out if she has HIV.
Mum’s anxious wait for HIV test results after daughter stands on needle in Derby park.
Children seem to have an unhealthy attraction to needles. Let’s hope both children, and all others, are OK.