On Monday, a group of children were reportedly spotted playing with used syringes they found at a Saanich park.

According to Saanich Police, they were contacted at approximately 8:30 a.m., by a concerned citizen. The caller said there were needles scattered around Hampton Park and a group of kids were using them to play ‘darts’.

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Once police arrived, the children were nowhere to be seen but officers did locate the syringes.

“When we got there, we didn’t find the kids that had been playing with them but we did find a number of needles and some were uncapped,” Sgt. Julie Fast of the Saanich Police department told Victoria Buzz.

The needles were collected by police and safely disposed of.

If you find a used needle and want to discard it, Island Health has recommendations on how to do so safely:

  • First, remain calm.
  • Don’t try to replace the cap on needles.
  • Don’t snap, break or bend needles.
  • Pick up the needle carefully (with gloves if desired).
  • Hold the needle point away from you.
  • Put the needle in a metal or hard plastic container with a lid (i.e. product or drink bottle).
  • Cap the container securely and label it.
  • Afterwards, wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Drop off the sealed container at a community drop box (locations can be found online here), participating pharmacy, or your local health unit.