A father and his seven year-old daughter discovered a used hypodermic needle and a blood soaked cloth near the entrance to their Long Tower Court home this week.
The man, who asked not to be named, found the needle and the blood soaked cloth on steps close to his home on Wednesday evening.
The incident was reported to the PSNI and they safely removed the needle from the area.
“We’ve had a few problems with drugs and alcohol in the area but when I found the needle and the blood soaked cloth it was the last straw,” the man told the ‘Journal’.
“I was on my way home after taking my seven year-old daughter to the park. The only way into our house is up a set of steps and that’s where I found the needle and blood soaked cloth
“My wife said she noticed two men standing near the steps moments before I found the needle and the cloth. If these guys think it’s okay to discard needles on steps near houses I dread to think what they would do with their needles if they were walking past a nearby primary school,” he added.
Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Patricia Logue, said she was aware of a drug problem in the area.
“There is an issue in this area surrounding both legal and illegal highs,” said Colr. Logue.
“This type of incident is absolutely deplorable. The needle and blood soaked cloth were not found in a place where children are unlikely to go - they were found on steps that children use when coming and going into their homes.
“I would urge parents living in the area to be vigilant and to be aware of what has happened here.”
Colr. Logue went on to urge anyone who has information pertaining to alleged drug misuse in the area to contact the police.
“It’s not fair that anyone should have to put up with this kind of incident on their doorstep.
“When the weather is good, people, most of all children, like to be outside and it’s simply outrageous that others think they can dump used needles anywhere they please.
“There are places in the city that dispose of used needles safely,” added Colr. Logue.
The man who found the needle and the blood soaked cloth said he hoped that by raising the issue he would make other people in the area aware of what happened.
“We live in a very small area and we keep ourselves to ourselves but I want everyone to know what has happened so that they can be safe,” he said.