Sharps Disposal Programs

Programs that provide for the collection and safe disposal of "sharps" including syringes, needles with attached tubing, lancets and other materials that have been used by individuals with serious health conditions such as diabetes who manage their care at home. Included are collection boxes and kiosks for used sharps made available to the public by hospitals, pharmacies, health departments, mobile van programs, housing projects, police and fire stations and other community-based organizations; residential pickup services that give people special containers for their used sharps that can be placed at the curbside and picked up trained special waste handlers; and mail back programs that give people special containers that can be filled and mailed to designated facilities for disposal. The objective of these programs is to provide for the proper containment of sharps, and ensure that family members, sanitation workers and other people in the community are protected from potential injury or transmission of blood borne diseases due to needle sticks.



Offers free information and materials necessary to practice safer drug use and safer sex.  Provides referrals to other sources within the community regarding social services, drug and alcohol treatment centers, social workers, housing and welfare.  Provides education in harm reduction, associated

Van Hamilton Mobile Site.  A free and confidential service that travels anywhere in Hamilton and is available at a requested meeting spot.  A mobile van will deliver new needles and harm reduction supplies, and receive for safe disposal any used harm reduction supplies upon request. 

Offers free, on-call delivery of unused needles, condoms, and other harm reduction supplies, to people who use substances by injection and/or inhalation.  Service users are encouraged to return used needles for disposal.

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