Shoppers find used syringes
GLADSTONE region shoppers are sick and tired of finding syringes in public toilets to the point they would rather hold it in.
A group of shoppers pulled up The Observer photographer Jen Tybell on Monday and showed her syringes they had found in a toilet at Tooloola shops.
Shopper Karen Proudfoot said she’d even found a spoon and a little bit of blood near the Sharps Wall Safe.
“I won’t go in there anymore because I don’t know what I’m going to walk into,” she said.
Ms Proudfoot said she had seen cleaners in there, but it was more about what the syringe users could have left behind.
Gladstone Regional Council spokesman said council had installed in all public toilets a Sharps Wall Safe for the disposal of syringes and needles.
“This is to discourage throwing or hiding syringes in garden beds or wedging behind brackets and in crevices,” the spokesman said.
“For medical reasons such as diabetes, individuals may need to inject medication for their well being. The service also doubles up for disposal of sharps generated by intravenous drug users.
“The provision of sharps wall safes is quite standard in public amenities.”
The spokesman said council employees do not open the inner compartment when collecting from Sharps to do a needle count.