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Community Needle Pickups

The Department of Behavioral Health Services is committed to serving the community through the service of needle pickups. Our mobile unit picks a location 2-4 times each month, to properly dispose of syringes. You can view upcoming pickup locations on our Events section of the website. 

 

 

 

SHARPS Disposal

People use needles, syringes and lancets, also called SHARPS, to treat all sorts of medical conditions at home. Sharps may also be associated with illegal drug use. Safely disposing of sharps protects residents, sanitation workers and the environment, but more and more frequently they are found improperly disposed of. 

 

What can I do if I find a needle or syringe? 

You can report large amounts of discarded sharps by calling 505-468-1555, or for small amounts dispose of as outlined here. With a few household items, you can dispose of these needles and help keep our community safe. 

 

How do I safely dispose of a needle or syringe?

  • Put on gloves and place SHARPS container on a stable surface near the needle
  • Pick up the needle with grabbers/tongs/pliers or tweezers, keeping the needle tip pointed away from you
  • Put the needle into a SHARPS container, bleach or laundry detergent container or plastic peanut butter jar
  • Tightly seal the container using tape to secure the top. Do no fill the container more than 2/3 full
  • Label container "SHARPS - Do Not Recycle" with a permanent marker
  • Keep container away from children and place in regular household trash cart
  • Wash hands with soap and water

 

 

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