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Kids found drugs while playing on this Lexington playground

Corey Springate shared a photo of the drugs his children found at Kirklevington Park on Thursday.
Corey Springate shared a photo of the drugs his children found at Kirklevington Park on Thursday. Facebook

A Lexington family had to make an unexpected trip the the emergency room after two children playing on a Lexington playground found a container filled with drugs, their father said.

Corey Springate said he had taken his boys Skylar, 5, and Rylan, 3, to Kirklevington Park on Thursday afternoon when the boys found a round container with pills and marijuana inside.

“I saw him sit it down on the table,” Springate said. “I grabbed it, and it was already open.”

Springate said his younger son had smacked his lips, which made him worry that maybe he had eaten something from the container.

A police officer and an ambulance responded to the park, and Rylan was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Springate said a drug screen determined that he had not injested any of the drugs, which were determined to be marijuana, Xanax and clonazepam.

Springate said in a Facebook post that it was “one of the scariest moments of my parenting life.”

And he said his fear caused the children to be scared too.

Springate said his son found the container during a moment when he had glanced away, but he thinks the container might have been taped to some of the equipment at the playground.

“It wasn’t taped shut. It had tape on the back of it,” Springate said, which leads him to believe someone hid the drugs at the park, possibly for another person to pick up.

Since sharing the story on social media, Springate said he’s heard from other parents who have had similar experiences, such as finding needles in their neighborhoods.

“It’ll definitely be in the back of my mind the next time we go to a park,” he said.

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