Two children, ages 4 and 5, playing outside their apartment complex have pricked their fingers on discarded needles.
The syringes were left in an old tree stump.
There is concern the needles were tainted with blood.
BC Paramedics attended and the children, accompanied by their parents, were taken to hospital for assessment and treatment.
The incident occurred on Tuesday in an area known as King Arthur’s Court on Fifth St.
Attending officers found the syringes and disposed of them safely.
Officers were told approximately eight more needles were found on the ground earlier in the day.
“This is a parent’s worse nightmare. Parents should not have to worry about their children being exposed to bio-hazards that could potentially have a long term impact on their health and well-being”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
RCMP say they have attended the location numerous times for other incidents, including fights, weapons and drug complaints. They have designated it a “nuisance property.”