Needle Disposal Service

Needles should never be thrown loosely into the trash or toilet.

First District Health has a syringe drop box located outside our Minot office, at 801 11th Ave. SW.

 

Look for the red box located on the east side of the shop. (Next to the dumpsters.)

Containers larger than one quart will not fit into our drop box.

Used needles and other sharps are dangerous to people and pets if not disposed of safely because they can injure people and spread infections causing serious health conditions. The most common infections are:

 

  • Hepatitis B (HBV),
  • Hepatitis C (HCV), and
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

 

Safe sharps disposal is important whether you are at home, at work, at school, traveling, or in other public places such as hotels, parks, and restaurants.

Used sharps should be immediately placed in a sharps disposal container. FDA-cleared sharps containers are generally available through pharmacies, medical supply companies, health care providers and online. A sturdy plastic jug, such as a one-quart plastic milk jug, may be also used.

 

Examples of sharps include:

Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin

Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body

Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.

Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body. Only the needle needs to be disposed of in the sharps container.

 

For more information about safe sharps disposal or for additional locations, visit

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at www.fda.gov and safeneedledisposal.org