“You’ve definately saved some kiddies lives there me duck” was one of the positive comments from the nurse at St Andrews house as I handed over the two safety containers full of hypodermic syringes and sharps.
St Andrews House on London Road in Derby offer a free and safe collection and safe disposal point where many of our association members regularly bring their full safety containers full of syringes and sharps found whilst metal detecting in Derbyshire.
Before you visit in order to ensure you don’t have a wasted journey ,be sure to ring to check and see if the nurse is on call.(Number will be listed on your membership information pack)Other staff members can’t accept the containers.There is a free car park for visitors beside the building and be sure to show your current association membership card,and don’t forget to thank the nurse for taking the items and for the free empty containers in return.Its nice to be nice and they are providing a free service too ,so please don’t take the staff for granted.
The picture above shows one of the full containers and an overflow bucket of which you can see the potentially lethal contents ,some of which were removed from school playgrounds during the mid term break ,from areas where children had access to ,and increasingly on rural Derbyshire farmland which has had green waste applied on it.
Every year one child acquires a needle stick injury in Derbyshire.
So it just goes to show you that the days of letting your children run barefoot as many people did in the past through meadows is long gone, and how important it is to use gloves and trowels whilst metal detecting.
Association members are all noticing an increase in the number of disposed syringes found .Whilst we can’t do anything to stop the horrible practice of drug addiction and use ,we can try to lessen innocent people being killed and injured by removing as many syringes and sharps as possible from Derbyshire.
Surely there is some very bright person out there who could design a miniature barcode which could be incorporated into the syringe during manafacture.This could be easily read by a hand held scanner or smart phone and dumped syranges could be traced back to the organisations who handed them out/sold them.
Something like this has to be done as the dumping of used and partially used syringes in school playgrounds ,green areas and farm lands is reaching epidemic proportions.
Whilst this happens Associations members will continue to provide this free Public Health Service to the public in Derbyshire.
We urge other metal detecting associations and clubs to encourage their members on an individual basis to carry ,use and publicly display whilst detecting ,secure sharps containers.If enough detectorists started doing this it would create a greater positive image and respect from the public for our great hobby.
And you know the best thing as you hand over your full sharps container ,is the feeling that you have saved someone from having a serious injury and possibly their life as well.