The Timmins Police Service is giving parents an update on what to do if a used syringe is found by a child. This warning comes on the heels of a recent incident when a child found the barrel of a syringe outside of the library. Police say incidents like this are rare, but the potential risk of infection is taken very seriously. If you find a needle, call the police. Don’t touch it, and stay at the scene until officers get there.

Police say those items should only be handled by emergency services, who have the proper training. Sharps containers are installed at various locations around town where syringes can be disposed of in a responsible way.