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Hidden Needles

Posted on 27th December 2013 at 16:57

Instead of being able to bask in the afterglow of Christmas, a 16 year-old boy from Toutle faces medical tests and possible preventative treatment, after being stuck by a hypodermic needle that had been stashed in the pocket of a sweatshirt that he’d been given as a present. Today’s Daily News reports on the incident, which took place at about 1 pm on Wednesday. The teen had put on a hoody that his parents had purchased at the 7th Avenue Walmart, and he put his hand in the front pocket. The teen yelled “ouch” and pulled out his hand, which still had the needle sticking in his finger. A second syringe was also found in the pocket; the teen’s mother and his stepfather say that the needles appear to have been used; they say one still had blood on it. They took the boy to Saint John Medical Center for blood tests, and he will also face additional testing over the next six months. The CDC says that infections from needle sticks are extremely rare, but they are possible. The mother says that she actually purchased the sweatshirt back in November. The Sheriff’s Office says that there’s little that they can do; the mother and stepfather plan to contact a lawyer and they’re also contacting Walmart corporate offices. When contacted by the paper, Walmart said that they’re taking the matter “very seriously,” and will be following up with the family.