We sure hope not! Whether you’re new to managing your health with needles, or you’ve been doing it since you can remember, you probably want to check out the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations’ (FDA) website on how to manage the disposal of needles and other sharps.
Many chronic conditions require maintaining health with needles, lancets or other sharps, but ensuring the proper disposal of these items is of the utmost importance for the safety of others in our communities. According to the FDA, “Unfortunately, many sharps used outside of a doctor’s office or hospital are thrown in the household trash, and that’s hazardous.” By improperly disposing of needles and other sharps the people put at risk could be anyone from waste-disposal workers, housekeepers, family members or even children. (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm278763.htm)
Please visit the website by clicking here: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/ConsumerProducts/Sharps/default.htm
The Environmental Protection Agency also has a PDF on the proper disposal of sharps which can be viewed here: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/medical/med-govt.pdf
Please be sure to dispose of needles and sharps in a safe manner and help us all build safer communities!
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