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FDA Launches Website on Safe Disposal of Used Needles and Other "Sharps"
Date:11/8/2011

of children and pets.
  • Call your local trash or public health department in your phone book to find out about sharps disposal programs in your area.  
  • Follow your community guidelines for getting rid of your sharps disposal container.

  • DO NOT:

    • Throw loose sharps into the trash.
    • Flush sharps down the toilet.
    • Put sharps in a recycling bin; they are not recyclable.
    • Try to remove, bend, break or recap sharps used by another person.
    • Attempt to remove a needle without a needle clipper device.

    For more information:

    Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharps Used Outside of Health Care Settings

    http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/ConsumerProducts/Sharps/ucm20025647.htm

    Improperly Discarded 'Sharps' Can Be Dangerous – Consumer Update

    http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm278763.htm

    Sharps Flickr Slideshow

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdaphotos/sets/72157627949569161/

    The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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