Used sy­ringes found in bag at bus stop

Fam­ily found back­pack at bus stop dur­ing af­ter­noon walk

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - LOUIS PIN @STTJ_Pin lpin@post­media.com

Used sy­ringes and other drug ma­te­rial — left at a bus stop, in front of the area pub­lic health build­ing. A St. Thomas fam­ily was shak­ing their heads af­ter they tripped over a back­pack con­tain­ing drugs and drug para­pher­na­lia as the kids scooted ahead of the adults on a hol­i­day long week­end bi­cy­cling out­ing.

Tyson Mi­zon, 6, no­ticed the black and pink back­pack first at the stop out­side the El­gin-St. Thomas Pub­lic Health Unit. He and his sis­ter Aliyah Til­ley, 5, were bik­ing ahead of par­ents Kayla Mi­zon and Chad Til­ley.

Cau­tion kept the kids from open­ing the bag, their mother said.

“My fi­ance took it from Tyson and saw the bio­haz­ard sign,” Mi­zon said. “And so he felt ob­li­gated not to leave it there for some­body else to find, so we brought it home and called the St. Thomas po­lice.”

Be­sides used sy­ringes, of­fi­cers found al­co­hol swabs, a nalox­one kit — used to help off­set the ef­fects of an over­dose — and pill bot­tles filled with a pow­dery sub­stance.

Mi­zon said she was shaken by the dis­cov­ery.

“It’s shock­ing,” she said. “It’s scary be­cause they were all dirty . . . if it had have been, maybe not my kids, be­cause they’re five and six years old so they wouldn’t have been by them­selves, but if an older kid opened it, maybe started open­ing stuff, like, it could have had dis­eases,” she said of the sy­ringes.

Sgt. Susan New­ton of St. Thomas po­lice said the fam­ily made the right call no­ti­fy­ing au­thor­i­ties.

“It hap­pens,” New­ton said. “It’s not a first. And what hap­pened here worked . . . but there’s a level of dan­ger, so we have to be care­ful about han­dling (cases) like this.”

Mi­zon said the ex­pe­ri­ence was a re­minder how care­ful par­ents need to be about mak­ing kids aware of the dan­gers of han­dling things like in­tra­venous nee­dles they find, which can spread dis­eases.

“We have to ed­u­cate our kids,” she said. “And we shouldn’t have to for stuff like that, but be­cause they’re left out . . . it’s some­thing we have to tell them.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/TIMES-JOUR­NAL

Mi­zon and her fi­ance Chad Til­ley brought the aban­doned back­pack home and called po­lice, who ar­rived a short time later. The con­tents are be­ing held at head­quar­ters this week­end and will be dis­posed of through the El­gin-St. Thomas Pub­lic Health Unit.

LOUIS PIN/TIMES-JOUR­NAL

Kayla Mi­zon was walk­ing in east St. Thomas with her fi­ance and their chil­dren when they found a back­pack left at a bus stop. Quick think­ing stopped Tyson from open­ing the back­pack and good thing, as it was filled with sy­ringes and other drug para­pher­na­lia.

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