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Letter to the Editor: Let's Make Needle Disposal Easy For Residents

Village should offer collections for used syringes, known as "sharps."

My husband and I have lived in Northbrook for over 30 years and have always been pleased with the services available to us. My husband has Multiple Sclerosis. In order to control this disease, he injects his medication three times per week. We have always returned the used syringes to the pharmacy. They no longer accept them and recently told me to go to . The police station accepts medication but not “sharps.” They suggested Glenbrook Hospital. It is widely known that it is not acceptable to dispose of used needles in the garbage or recycling bins, but Northbrook is making it difficult for its residents to dispose of the needles in a responsible manner.

I went to the website SafeNeedleDisposal.org and got a list of locations to dispose of the needles. Most of the surrounding communities have schedules to dispose of used needles at their village halls or other locations. Northbrook does not have any schedule or facility where its residents can dispose of used syringes in a safe manner.

The village consider changing this situation. I am sure that many residents of Northbrook would find this helpful.

Sincerely,

Judi Goldman

Ed60062 April 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
A logical location for sharps disposal would be at hospitals and medical treatment centers. They already have a service for pickup. I'm surprised pharmacies won't take them because they already have a pickup service for the sharps they use for flu shots.
NBK234 April 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I too have found it surprisingly difficult to dispose of syringes and, in particular, epi-pens. Pharmacies won't take them, and we end up saving them for months on end. (The specialized doctors who issued these medications are not local, and we only see them a few times a year, while it would be better to dispose of the needles more promptly.) It would be very helpful if the police/fire department or village hall could offer a drop-off site, like they do for medications!
Ed60062 April 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM
There are mail-in kits you can use to dispose of sharps. When the container is full you put it in a pre-paid box and take to the post office.
David Tusa April 06, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Check out www.sharpsinc.com for mailback needle disposal systems. The Complete Needle Containment and Disposal System can be purchased at Walgreens. It comes with the optional mailback return which is $5 off this month.

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