Local News: West Central, PCHD offering free needle clippers (7/25/22) | Greencastle Banner Graphic

2022-07-25 04:04:36 By : Ms. Jane Liu

West Central Solid Waste District is partnering with the Putnam County Health Department to provide free needle clippers that safely clip and store up to 1,500 sharps needles.

This program is geared toward diabetics and home-based sharps users and is simple and easy to use.

Putnam County residents can pick up a free needle clipper at the health department, 1542 S. Bloomington St., Ste. 1500, Greencastle.

Risks associated with unsafe disposal of sharps include needle stick injuries and potential blood-borne infections such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Loose needles should not be thrown in trash or recycling.

Although needle clippers are compact and portable, a single clipper can last years versus weeks with a whole syringe container and no mail-back fees. When the clipper is full, simply return it to the health department to exchange for a new one. Clippers can also be dropped off at Tox-Away Days (dates and locations available in the Programs section at www.westcentralswd.com).

The clippers are not for use with lancets and needles larger than 28 grams.

For hours and information, persons may call the health department at 765-301-7660.

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