Needles frustrate neighbours
‘Why aren’t we talking about safe injection sites or these concerns during this municipal election?’
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.
Needles found in a wooded area in Police Playground are causing concern among area residents.