Safe Medication Disposal

Safe disposal of unwanted or expired medication helps protect our children, our water and food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse in our community. For more information on ensuring the safe disposal of your medicine, please visit the FDA's website.

Safe Needle Disposal  

Protect Yourself. Protect Others.

A 44-year-old trash collector was stuck in the leg with a needle from someone's trash. A year later, he started having stomach pains. His doctor told him that he had caught Hepatitis C, probably from being stuck by the needle. Doctors have not been able to help him, and he is now in chronic liver failure. He will likely die from this disease. It is not just sanitation workers who are at risk of needle sticks - it is also your neighbors, children, janitors, housekeepers and pets. That is why used needles should not be thrown in the garbage. Each year, 8 million people across the country use more than 3 billion needles, syringes and lancets, also called sharps, to manage medical conditions at home. Home-based sharps users who are unaware of the safest disposal methods at home and work may haphazardly dispose sharps, increasing community exposure to these dangerous objects.

What are sharps used for?

People use sharps to treat all sorts of medical conditions in the home, and the number of conditions treated at home with injectable medicines continues to rise. Sharps users may use lancets and/or needles and syringes to deliver medicine for conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infertility
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriasis

Why are used needles dangerous?

Used needles and lancets or "sharps" are biohazards and can:

  • Injure people
  • Spread germs
  • Spread diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tetanus, and syphilis

DO NOT

  • Throw loose needles in the garbage
  • Flush used needles down the toilet
  • Put needles in recycling containers

Traveling with Needles

Do not forget, safe needle disposal is important no matter where you are at home, at work, or on the road. Never place used needles in the trash in hotel rooms, on airplanes, or in public restrooms, where they could injure the cleaning staff or other people.

A Safe Option for Home Needle Disposal

Fisher-Titus Medical Centers Environmental Services, Laboratory, Community Outreach and Industrial Health are teaming up to make the environment safer.

With a grant from the Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education, Fisher-Titus Medical Center will provide education and awareness training to home-based sharps users on the dangers of improper syringe disposal into the public waste stream.

As part of the program, the BD Clipper, a home needle destruction device, will be available through the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Laboratory and Industrial Health for a $2 donation. This compact device clips the needle off the syringe and encapsulates the needle inside its hard metal shell. The BD Clipper can hold up to a two-year supply of needles and can be disposed of through our Environmental Services Department.

For more information or to obtain a BD Clipper:

Call Rodney Tuttle, Assistant Director of Laboratory
419-663-1975, Ext. 6174

How To Use the BD Clipper

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Squeeze grips indicated by arrows to open your BD Safe-ClipTM device.

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With BD Safe-ClipTM device in open position, fully insert needle. Then push down on thumb depression to clip needle as shown.

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Device is now closed and needle is clipped. Keep device level. Discard remains of syringe or pen needle according to your local regulations. Clipped needle is automatically and safely retained within device. Holds 1,500 clipped needles.