Child Stuck By Discarded Needle at Pine Bank

The child was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

A child was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hosptial after a playmate stuck him with a discarded needle found at Pine Banks Park last week, police confirmed Wednesday.

Melrose Police responded to the scene of the incident and safely disposed of the needle, though responding officers determined the incident took place in the Malden part of the park, Melrose Police Lt. Decroteau said.

Malden Police Capt. Thomas Swanson confirmed the incident but said the department had no official police report for the call.

The students were reportedly on a field trip to the park, though neither department could confirm with which program.

Children should avoid syringes they find and tell an adult, according to experts.

Adults, if careful, can pick up a syringe by its blunt end and place it in a sealed container – such as a milk jug or soda bottle – before disposal.  

Mary O'Leary August 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I cannot believe that after all my years at Pine Banks that you could be talking about anything but a PINE NEEDLE. This world has gone to hell-------Shame on all of us.
Lori Sullivan August 30, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Tara, drug use is an addiction, not a disease. And neither is alcoholism. I personally have little patience for either. They are choices that people consciously make. We can choose to have one drink or many drinks, pop pills or shoot up or not pop pills or shoot up. We do not choose to get cancer or diabetes etc.
cornucopia foods August 31, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I think all these negative remarks about Malden are from people who live in Medford. Just because we best Medford in thanksgiving football does not give you the right to put down this emerald city. Shame on you Medford. And that needle was found 3.3456 meters on the melrose side of pine banks!
Sanford September 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
How awful hope the child is ok.
Paige H September 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Addiction is a disease. The part of the brain where the addiction/craving is triggered actually overrides the frontal lobe, which is the decision/consequence part. What makes this disease different is that an individual has to choose to use a substance to get that cycle started. Usually, a human's base priorities are 1. Food 2. Shelter 3. Reproduction. Once your brain is addicted, it's 1. Drugs. It's easy to blame someone for starting in the first place, but everywhere I've lived, it was at least socially acceptable to drink, and if someone's got the genes for it, that's enough, and they can quickly succumb to the disease of the brain known as addiction. I can't imagine using heroin, but I know people lead very different lives, and I don't think being an addict means someone is evil or worthless or bad or selfish, and everyone can benefit from taking some time to understand before judging.


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