Online Resource Provides Localized Information on Safe Disposal of Used Needles and Sharps

New Information is Available to the 9 million Americans Who Use More than 3 Billion Medical Sharps, or Needles, Outside of Healthcare Facilities Each Year
Audio: 
Dr. Richard J. Sagall, President, NeedyMeds

(Gloucester, MA, Tuesday, March 20, 2018) – If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer 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.

Safe needle disposal practices may be different, depending on where you are. A national non-profit organization is making it easier for people who use sharps to the understand the rules that promote safe disposal in your community or state. SafeNeedleDisposal.org is the roadmaps patients need to do the right thing, wherever they happen to be.

Dr. Richard J. Sagall, President of NeedyMeds, explains.

SOUNDBITE #1:

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PEOPLE WHO USE NEEDLES TO MANAGE THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS KNOW IT IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO SAFELY DISPOSE OF SHARPS, BUT LACK CLEAR INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO IN THEIR STATE. MOST PEOPLE WHO USE SHARPS CAN DISPOSE OF THEM AT HOME BY PLACING USED SHARPS IN A STRONG, PLASTIC CONTAINER—LIKE A LAUNDRY DETERGENT OR BLEACH BOTTLE—SEALING IT WITH DUCT TAPE, LABELING IT “DO NOT RECYCLE”, AND PLACING IT IN THE TRASH.  IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO NEVER PLACE THE CONTAINER IN THE RECYCLING BIN.

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 IN THEIR COMMUNITY. SAFE NEEDLE DISPOSAL IS A RESOURCE FOR EASY TO UNDERSTAND, LOCAL GUIDANCE. REMEMBER, SAFETY IS THE POINT.

For more information, visit SafeNeedleDisposal.org.

Applies to the following Location(s): 

Email us regarding this story.

Instructions to download a media file:

 

  • Audio - For MP3, right click on the download button  and choose 'save link as' and then save the file to your computer.
  • Audio - For SoundCloud, on the top right of the file under the SoundCloud logo, right click on the download button  and choose 'save link as' and then save the file to your computer.
  • Video - click on the Vimeo link on the player and you will be taken to the file on the Vimeo website where you can choose the type of download you'd like.