Mom urges caution after child finds used needles
Bag also contained drug paraphernalia, capsule labelled hydromorphone oxycontin
A Bedford mother says she's concerned after her daughter found a bag of drug paraphernalia while playing with her friends in a residential area over the weekend.
Gayla Kiley said her 10-year-old daughter, Olivia, was tobogganing with some friends in front of an apartment building on Nelsons Landing Boulevard off the Bedford Highway when they spotted a bag.
Olivia looked inside the bag and saw "a bunch of needles," realized it could be dangerous and took it home to her mother.
"At first I thought maybe it was somebody's diabetic supplies but as I dug further, there was the rubber strap that goes around the arm and needles and alcohol swabs," said Kiley.
She said there were six needles, drug paraphernalia and an empty capsule labelled hydromorphone oxycontin.
Kiley said it's not something she expected would be found in her neighbourhood.
"I choose to raise my daughter here, right across from the school, lots of children, wonderful families," she said.
"You think it's safe when really, nowhere is safe these days."
Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages said it's not an unusual occurrence and anyone who finds drugs or paraphernalia should call the police and not touch it.
"It's not a surprising call. Unfortunately, it does happen. We get these calls regularly," he said.
Kiley said it's important for parents to discuss the issue with their children so they recognize the danger should they ever come upon a similar situation.