Fresh concerns have been raised about the use of illegal drugs in Cork after a needle, believed to have been used to shoot up heroin, was found on a residential street on the northside.
The syringe was found by a member of the public yesterday morning on Blarney Street, across the road from the entrance to Sunday's Well girls primary school.
The man who found the needle said there was a tray with it and said the needle was a danger because it was exposed on the ground.
In recent months, there have been major heroin seizures in Cork, including €70,000 worth of the drug in a car in Fermoy on March 31, and €53,000 worth seized in Cork city in February.
Late last month, three syringes believed to have been used for heroin were found on a footpath on Knocknaheeny Avenue.
A needle exchange outreach worker liaises with anyone who has concerns about drug litter and also works to direct heroin users into services including the needle exchange programme currently running in Cork city.
Last year, there were two incidents where children found syringes – one in Togher and one on Grattan Street.
And in another incident this year, a child found two wraps of heroin on a footpath in a Knocknaheeny housing estate.
The Echo published a photograph in recent months showing that heroin use is taking place in a phone box on Oliver Plunkett Street, across the street from the General Post Office.