Used syringes found in bag at bus stop
Family found backpack at bus stop during afternoon walk
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.”
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.
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.