DISPOSAL SITE: Orange Needle and Syringe Program co-ordinator Mark Bayliss with a community sharps bin at the Kite Street Community Health Centre. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0816jkneedle1A MOTHER isangry and an Orange businessman is taking actionafter a little boy almost stepped on a used syringe at Gosling Creek Reserve on Tuesday morning.
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Nicole Jones was walking along a path towards the car park with her childrenwhen they came across used syringes, spoons and bottles and she had to knock her four-year-old son out of the way, making him fall over.

“My son’s foot was seconds from it, he’s fallen over from it but he doesn’t understand why,” she said.

“How can people do that, there’s children.

“It wasn’t just one syringe it was like five, that’s horrible.”

Miss Jones said she was disgusted andalthough she had previously seen syringes at Elephant Park and Robertson Park, this was the first time she had seen them at the reserve.

Several others havealso commented on social media that they haveseensyringes in public spaces includingnear St Vincent De Paul and Lake Canobolas.

It also prompted Orange businessmanAdam Ashcroft to buy two sharpscontainers on eBay on Tuesday night to be placed in an area of need.

Mr Ashcroft said he did not want people to think of Orange as a needle hotspot, butif people were finding syringes in public spaces he wanted to help.

“I cannot do much just see if we can find the hotspots around Orange,” he said.

“I’ve got an obsession with dogs and I would hate to see one of my dogs getting pricked in the foot.”

Western Area Health District Blood-borne Virus Prevention Program coordinator Trevor Slattery said NSW Health manages sharps bins at the hospital and Kite Street Community Health Centre.

He said Orange City Councilhas bins in the Woolworth’s car park andOphir Road Resource Recovery Centre and alsomaintains disposal units in public toilets.Some pubs and shopping centres also have single disposal units.

Mr Slattery said although the risk of contracting a disease from a needle stick injury was low, people should phone theNeedle Clean-Up Hotline on1800 633 353 if they find a syringe and people shouldnever attempt to put the cap on anuncapped syringe.

Thehotlineisstaffed Monday to Friday from9am to4pmwith an answering machine at other times.

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