Everything You Need to Get Rid of Used Needles and Sharps Safely is at Your Disposal

NeedyMeds, a National Non-Profit Patient Education Organization, is Providing Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Dispose of Used Sharps Safely
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Larry Ellingson, Arizona-based member of the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council and Former National Chairman of the Board of the American Diabetes Association

(Phoenix, AZ, Monday, September 17, 2018) – If you’re an Arizonan who suffers from a chronic illness that requires the use of sharps, lancets, needles or auto injectors outside of a medical facility, you may not know how to get rid of used sharps safely. But most consumers already have everything they need at home for safe disposal.

New information and resources from NeedyMeds, a national non-profit patient education organization, is providing step-by-step instructions on how to dispose of used sharps safely, including where to dispose of them based off ZIP CODE. First, used sharps must be placed in a strong plastic container before it is discarded. The container -- which can be an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle -- should be leak-resistant, remain upright during use, and have a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid. When the container is about 3/4 full, individuals should follow guidelines for proper disposal.

Larry Ellingson, an Arizona-based member of the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council and former National Chairman of the Board of the American Diabetes Association, explains.

SOUNDBITE #1:

THIS WEBSITE IS MUCH NEEDED FOR THOSE WHO USE NEEDLES TO MANAGE THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS CONSUMER RESOURCE CAN HELP ARIZONANS LEARN ABOUT SAFE NEEDLE DISPOSAL PRACTICES AND OPTIONS FOR DISPOSAL BASED ON WHERE THEY LIVE.

SOUNDBITE #2:

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, SHARPS THAT ARE NOT DISPOSED OF PROPERLY MAY CAUSE INJURY. NEEDLE DISPOSAL REGULATIONS DIFFER FROM STATE TO STATE SO IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO FIND OUT WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO GO. THE WEBSITE IS A RESOURCE FOR EASY TO UNDERSTAND, ARIZONA-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE. REMEMBER, SAFETY IS THE POINT.

For more information, visit SafeNeedleDisposal.org.

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