This letter is by Zeesy Raskin, of Burlington.
I thought it would be important to share the following.
A couple of weeks ago we were walking with several grandchildren in Burlington in the area of Summit and Main Streets.
Without us noticing, our 3-year-old granddaughter picked up a used needle and mistakenly poked a family member with it. Because of the “unknown,” the family member needed to undergo blood tests and now needs to take antiviral meds for a month’s time. In addition, two doses of hepatitis vaccine was recommended. Follow up blood tests will be necessary too!
After speaking to several people about this I was told that, lately, there are used needles on the ground throughout our beautiful city. They are not being disposed of properly. I called the Burlington Police Department to tell them and they replied that they are lucky if they have two people on call during the day.
If it happens again I should take a photo and send it to them and they’ll send someone to collect it, or I can pick it up and dispose of it properly. This is mind boggling!
So many children are playing on our streets. They can step on these needles or pick one up as our granddaughter did, thinking it’s a toy and not knowing how dangerous it is.
What can we do as a community to stop this danger on our streets?
Mrs. Zeesy Raskin
Chabad of Vermont