A young mother has issued an urgent warning to parents after finding used syringes just metres away from son in the sandpit at a local playground.

Kiera Thorpe made the discovery on Sunday morning at Grahame Stewart Park in Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast when she took her 18-month-old son for a play.

Her husband and toddler had been posing for photos in the sandpit only minutes before she spotted the syringe gleaming off the sunlight.


“It’s certainly scary,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.

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“It’s kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth, to be honest.”

It was the first time she’d taken her son to that particular park after hearing about it’s reputation.

“There’s a little kid who could have fallen on them or picked it up and not known any better,” she said.

The mum said it’s opened her eyes to how important it is for parents to keep a watchful eye over their kids.

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  • Very scary, they can be anywhere


  • Sadly this is just so common these days :(


  • You can find them in long grass or sand on the beach. We have found them in carparks at shopping centres too. We were warned about both large and small pieces of broken glass both on the top of and buried in the sand on a beach near the water’s edge.


  • We always avoid public sandpits.


  • So scary! Needles, broken bottles, ring pulls – absolutely sickening!


  • This is disgusting, I’m always worried about what my little one might find.


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