Nee­dles frus­trate neigh­bours

‘Why aren’t we talk­ing about safe in­jec­tion sites or these con­cerns dur­ing this mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion?’

North Bay Nugget - - NORTH BAY NUGGET - JEN­NIFER HAMIL­TON-MCCHARLES

It’s a dirty lit­tle se­cret in a North Bay neigh­bour­hood.

Kids play soc­cer or base­ball, un­aware of what is scat­tered a few feet away where a well-used trail leads to a wooded area that has be­come a han­gout for those wish­ing to es­cape the pub­lic’s eye.

Area res­i­dents are frus­trated with the drug para­pher­na­lia reg­u­larly found at Po­lice Play­ground off Stones Street.

The park, which boasts a large, well-used green space, is close to ele­men­tary and se­condary schools.

“I was in my yard and the kids were play­ing. There was a light breeze, and I could see these wrap­pers be­ing blown onto my prop­erty,” says Mike, who asked that his last name not be used for fear of reprisal.

Upon closer in­spec­tion, Mike no­ticed they were sy­ringe wrap­pers.

He de­cided to take a walk to where kids have been known to fre­quent.

“There was tons of sy­ringe wrap­pers, blue rub­ber bands and nee­dles with the caps off,” Mike says.

“We called the North Bay Po­lice Ser­vice and they im­me­di­ately came and picked them up.”

But six or seven more nee­dles were dis­cov­ered the next day.

“They’re just lay­ing there open and ex­posed. A few were un­capped, so I took the dog ’s pooper-scooper and picked them up,” Mike says.

“the sit­u­a­tion has got so bad the neigh­bour­hood does a weekly walk-through.”

mike says he’s dis­cussed the dan­gers of dis­carded nee­dles with his chil­dren.

“at first I was an­gry be­cause of the danger it poses to those liv­ing in the area. many kids play in the park and peo­ple walk their dogs.

“but then I re­al­ized peo­ple ac­tu­ally need help. Why aren’t we talk­ing about safe in­jec­tion sites or these con­cerns dur­ing this mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion?”

mike says he’s lived in the area for al­most a decade and doesn’t want to move. but his wife isn’t sure stay­ing is best for their fam­ily.

Sub­mit­ted pHoto

Nee­dles found in a wooded area in Po­lice Play­ground are caus­ing con­cern among area res­i­dents.

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