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GLOUCESTER, Mass. — NeedyMeds announced Tuesday that it had expanded and updated its safeneedledisposal.org in an effort to make it a comprehensive resource for information about proper disposal of needles and syringes.
“We spent over a year compiling information on the regulations and disposal sites for all 50 states," project lead Leah Zaroulis said. “We list over 2,600 disposal sites for home-generated sharps through out the country.”
The revamped and expanded anonymous website, which NeedyMeds took over from the Coalition for Safe Needle Disposal, is aimed at curtailing potential health hazards of sharps that haven’t been disposed of properly — including hepatitis and HIV. It contains information about pharmadeutical companies’ take-back programs and general information, as well as contacts for health and solid waste departments in different states.
“If properly disposed of, used sharps can be safely handled and destroyed,” NeedyMeds president Dr. Rich Sagall said. “The goal of safeneedledisposal.org is to help people learn the best way to minimize the risk to anyone who has to handle these potentially dangerous waste products.”
In addition to the site, NeedyMeds also has a hotline (800-643-1643) that people can call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.