More than a billion syringes, needles, and lancets are used for diabetes care in the United States each year. If they’re not disposed of safely, these items, known as “sharps,” can injure other people.
- Never throw loose sharps into the trash, whether at home or away from home.
- Never flush sharps down the toilet.
- Never handle another persons syringe unless a healthcare professional trains you in proper injection technique and disposal.
- Put all of your syringes in a Home Sharps Container (you can purchase these at drug stores or through BD’s website — or you can use an old coffee can with lid taped into place or an old bleach bottle)
- Keep your sharps container away from children.