A DOG walker is having regular blood tests after cutting herself on a discarded syringe near a children’s play area.
The woman – who asked not to be named – was out with her dog when she found a carrier bag full of drugs, syringes and needles near the Smithy Lane playground in Hawarden.
She removed the bag but pricked her finger in the process.
Now she has had a blood test and a vaccine injection and will need to be tested for months for any infection.
The woman was walking her dog along the footpath between Lower Aston Hall Lane, near the Plough Lane flyover across the A494, and Vickers Close, near the A550.
The popular dog-walking route runs between fields and past a children’s playground.
Near the playground the woman’s dog discovered an Asda carrier bag.
“He was just sniffing around it and at first I thought it might have been abandoned kittens,” she said.
But on closer investigation, she realised it was drug paraphernalia, including some syringes with needles still attached.
“It’s just lucky my dog found it,” she said.
“If that had been a child they could have picked them up. I really want to make people aware of the danger.”
After taking the bag home, and contacting the council to collect and dispose of it safely, the woman inadvertently pricked herself with one of the used needles.
After a blood test and vaccine injection, doctors told her she will have to have regular blood test for a number of months.
“All because some drug taker doesn’t dispose of what they use in the appropriate safe way,” she said.
A police spokesman said anyone who comes across such items should notify the local authority immediately.
Steve Jones, Flintshire Council’s head of streetscene, said the council would respond to all reports of discarded syringes, particularly when they are discovered close to or within children’s play areas.
“Anyone finding syringes, should report them to the council’s streetscene contact centre on 01352 701234."