New website — Safe Disposal of Used Needles & Other “Sharps”

This FDA webpage for patients and caregivers gives tips for safely disposing (getting rid of) needles and other sharp devices that are used outside of health care settings. Patients and caregivers should keep these tips in mind when at home, at work, and while traveling. •What are Sharps? •Importance of Safe Sharps Disposal •What to Do If You Are Accidentally Stuck By a Used Needle or Other Sharp After being used, many sharps end up in home and public trash cans or flushed down toilets. This kind of improper disposal puts people, such as sanitation workers, sewage treatment workers, janitors, housekeepers, family members and children at risk for needle stick injuries or infection with viruses such as Hepatitis B and C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 3 billion needles and other sharps are used in homes in the United States each year. Sharps disposal guidelines and programs vary by jurisdiction. People using sharps at home or work or while traveling should check with their local trash removal services or health department to find out about disposal methods available in their area.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandCons...