Wayne Blanch with a syringe and needle kit he found in a public toilet block on Wednesday.
Wayne Blanch with a syringe and needle kit he found in a public toilet block on Wednesday.

Drug users abuse Grafton City public toilets

A GRAFTON security guard who found a used syringe in a public toilet block on Wednesday says he's sick of cleaning up after drug users.

Wayne Blanch, 51, has been locking public toilets at night around Grafton for the past 18 months as part of his job as a security guard.

He said it was the third time he had found a used syringe in a public toilet block and often had to clear drug users out of toilets so he could lock them.

The council-owned public toilets are locked every night at 6pm.

The latest syringe was found at toilets on Arthur Street, near Grafton Base Hospital, two nights ago.

Mr Blanch said the syringe was sitting in a basin, along with a needle kit from the North Coast Area Health Service.

He decided to speak publicly because he was concerned that a child would one day find one of these syringes and handle it, not knowing it was a health hazard.

“It's very hard for me to deal with. It's unbelievable,” he said.

“I've got four grandchildren. The littlest one has just turned six years old and what would she know about them? She doesn't have a clue about drugs.”

Mr Blanch said the Arthur Street toilets often caused problems for him, as did two South Grafton public toilets.

He said a toilet block at the South Grafton bus depot was frequently used by a group of drug users, as was a public toilet at Beresford Park.

Mr Blanch said he didn't know what the solution was, but wished drug users would place their needles in the bin provided or take their drug paraphernalia with them.

“People need to be aware. Someone is going to end up getting hurt,” he said.

“Someone is going to end up getting hurt.”

Wayne Blanch


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