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# Needles

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More than half of reported spiking incidents in 2021 allegedly involved needles
A person convicted of poisoning can be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
Woman arrested over Australia strawberry needle scare
The Australian government has raised the maximum sentence for fruit tampering to 15 years.
Australian strawberries taken off shelves in New Zealand after needles found
At least two minors have been questioned by Australian police for carrying out hoaxes.
Australia supermarket chain bans needles amid strawberry crisis
Police have received reports of more than 100 alleged incidents of pins and needles being found in fruit.
Australia offers large reward for information as sewing needles found in strawberries
Several brands of strawberries grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets.
Steep increase in Limerick steroid-users seeking needle exchange
An addiction and outreach service says there’s been a rise in younger steroid-users coming forward.
Chinese kindergarten teacher used needles to 'discipline' children for not sleeping
The case prompted Chinese authorities to call for an “immediate” investigation into all kindergartens across the country.
A patch on the wrist could deliver flu vaccine instead of needle
First human trial of the ‘microneedle patch’ that ‘punctures skin painlessly’ can be self-administered.
France today opened its first ever supervised injecting centre for drug addicts
After years of campaigning, the centre opened in Paris today.
6,000 drug needles found in tiny Dublin city centre park every year
A special needle disposal bin has been placed in the park to help combat the problem.
Dublin's drug laneways: One year on, the alleys are still littered with needles
The city centre this afternoon: used needles, a crack pipe – and a syringe just yards from playing children.
The needles on the cobbles are nothing new - but the human excrement is shocking
A grim tour of the backstreets of the capital…
Poll: Would you welcome an injection centre in your area?
The first is due to open next year.
Does Sydney have the solution to Dublin's public drug-taking problem?
Sometimes difficult problems require courageous action.
Council pays thousands in compensation for staff needle stick injuries
Dublin City Council also spent €7.7 million on settlements for public injuries last year.
Investigation: Should you vaccinate your children?
There’s a measles outbreak in the US because people aren’t vaccinated.
Healthcare workers 'at risk over Irish failure to implement EU laws'
ICTU says the EU’s directive on ‘sharps’ – requiring medical needles to retract after use – was to become Irish law by today.
Afraid of needles? 'Jet-injected' drugs may have solution
Scientific researchers are developing a ‘jet-injector’ to get medicine to the right spot – by using pressure, rather than a puncture of the skin.
Irish doctor who invented the modern injection remembered
Plus, some other things that you may not have known were invented by Irish people (spoiler: one is chocolate milk!)