The Gila County Health Department has developed a program to help increase the public’s awareness on the proper disposal of “sharps.”
Sharps is a medical term used for devices with a sharp point or edge that can puncture or cut skin. Examples of sharps include: needles, syringes, lancets and auto injectors. The health department staff feels this is an important issue since one of every nine people in Arizona has diabetes.
Proper sharps disposal not only affects the user, but every person that has the potential of coming in contact with the sharps.
Things to remember about sharps:
• Always use an approved sharps container to dispose of any sharps.
• Don’t use household garbage or recycling bins.
• Don’t leave needles on the ground.
Sharps containers are available for free (while supplies last) at the Gila County Health Department and for purchase at local pharmacies.
Once sharps containers are filled, they can be properly disposed of at the health department for free.
Information on sharps disposal can be found on the FDA’s Web site: http://www. fda.gov.