PORTLAND, Ore. — Children searching for Easter eggs Sunday at a southeast Portland playground found a water bottle that contained syringes.
Geoffrey and Molly Halsey brought their two children to the playground to join other kids. A boy returned to the adults holding the bottle.
Molly Halsey recalls the boy saying, "Look what I found."
She says the parents — several of whom are nurses — were stunned by the discovery, but grateful the needles were at least in a container and didn't prick someone.
"I wasn't that appalled, honestly," said Geoffrey Halsey . "I was glad the person using had the foresight to put the sharps in a container."
One of the parents in the group took the bottle of syringes to a proper disposal location, he said.
Halsey posted a photo (pictured above) on Facebook, along with the comment: "Welcome to the big city." That post has since been removed.
- Never pick the syringe up with your bare hands.
- Use gloves, tongs or pliers.
- Do not break the needle off the syringe.
- Always put a syringe in a hard plastic container, either a sharps container or 20-ounce plastic water or juice bottle with a lid.
- Place the container on the ground -- do not hold-- and drop the syringe in it.
- Tape the bottle shut. Write on the outside "Sharps Do Not Recycle."