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A Needle Found at Another Elementary School — Tokeneke

Want to get rid of a hypodermic needle? "Contact the Police Department and responding officers will pick them up and properly dispose of them."

A Needle Found at Another Elementary School — Tokeneke
A hypodermic needle was found in a mulched area near the Tokeneke School playground on Sunday, Darien police said in a Monday afternoon news release.

The needle hadn't been used, tests showed, and it wasn't the type normally used for injecting illicit drugs (although it could be used that way). Police are offering to pick up hypodermic needles you don't want.

On May 6, syringes were found near Holmes School, and a woman living nearby was arrested.

Here's the news release:

On [Sunday] May 11, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Darien Police Department was contacted regarding a hypodermic needle found on a playground at Tokeneke School at 7 Old Farm Rd. 

The needle was discovered in a mulched area on the south side of the playground by a citizen whose children were using the facility at the time.  Officers were able to properly secure the needle which was found with its protective cap on.   

The type of needle recovered is not the same type that is usually associated with illicit drug use.  

The needle is not similar to the needle and syringe combinations that have previously been recovered at another elementary school in Darien.  Subsequent tests conducted on the needle revealed no presence of illegal narcotics.

The Darien Police Department will continue to work with the Tokeneke School Staff to ensure the safety of the students and others. 

Don't discard hypodermic needles

As a reminder, the Darien Police Department recommends not touching discarded hypodermic needles if they are found in public areas in Darien.

Contact the Police Department and responding officers will pick them up and properly dispose of them.  While found needles/syringes may have been used for prescribed medicines, they could also have been used to inject illegal drugs. 

This incident remains under investigation by the Darien Police Detective Division. 

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