Cities across the world are tackling the issue of needle debris and here in Alberta, we continue to search for strategies to ensure individuals and communities are as safe and healthy as possible.
Safe disposal of needles reduces the chance of injury. The majority of needles in communities are disposed of safely by the people who have used them, however, there is still more work to be done to respond to needle debris.
We all need to do our part to keep our communities clean and safe. This means
getting rid of needles and needle waste properly. There are ways to safely pick up and dispose of discarded needles.
Many people worry about getting a disease like hepatitis or HIV from an accidental needle poke. But it doesn't happen often. If you do accidentally poke yourself, there are
steps you should follow.
Current as of: April 15, 2019
Author: AHS Communications
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