NCN PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE
Recently needles, syringes, and other sharp medical objects have been littering all over the community. We kindly ask Citizens to help keep our community safe by using a sharps container to safely dispose of these items, including lancets and syringes with needle retraction mechanism. Please report improper disposal to the Public Health department immediately.
Other helpful tips:
- Ask your doctor to prescribe you a sharps container
- Drop off your full sharps container at the nursing station & ask for new one
- You may also dispose of sharps at a pharmacy and buy a new one
If you don’t have a sharps container on hand a heavy duty plastic household container may be used as an alternative until you acquire an approved container (i.e. laundry detergent jug). Do not use glass as it could break.
- Do properly dispose of all used needles.
- Do not flush down the toilet or throw on the ground, trash can or recycling bin.
- Do keep out of the reach of children.
Help keep our community safe!
IF CUT SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT!
Needle stick injuries are serious and require immediate medical treatment. You are at risk for blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B & C. If injured, immediately wash the wound with
soap and water or use an alcohol-based solution. Report to your supervisor or health nurse and fill out an incident report.