Healey said the exposure of dirty needles in Massachusetts
is a real and serious concern for parents across the
Commonwealth. Just last week, 10 year-old Roarke Myers of
Chelmsford was on a field trip with his fifth grade class from McCarthy
Middle School when he came upon two hypodermic needles lying in the
grass on the Boston Common. Fortunately, the children had been
warned by their parents that needles could be lying on the
ground. Roarke and his friends immediately notified their teacher.
“I am horrified that my son was put in danger because so many used
hypodermic needles are being carelessly discarded and are simply lying
around in the grass at our public parks,” said Roarke’s father, Bob.
Putting more needles on the streets also poses a threat to the general
public’s safety, Healey said, noting recent robberies in the Worcester
and Lowell areas where store clerks have been threatened with needles
allegedly containing diseases.