A postwoman faces an agonising wait to see if she has contracted any diseases after she was stabbed in the hand with a hypodermic needle in Herefordshire.
The syringe entered Jane Hillman's hand as she put mail through a letterbox on Rylands Road in Leominster on Tuesday.
Royal Mail has launched an inquiry into the incident and suspended deliveries to the property in question.
It will be at least three months before the mother-of-two can be sure her health has not been affected.
She told BBC Hereford and Worcester she was as well as could be expected and described what happened to her as an "everyday hazard".
She added that it was annoying drug abuse was so common in places like Leominster.