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