Approximately 90,000 Mississippians administer to themselves at least 30 million injections for medical problems such as diabetes, allergies, arthritis, migraines, HIV, and Hepatitis C. Most of these needles, or “sharps,” are simply disposed of by flushing down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. These disposal methods pose a potential risk of needle sticks to garbage collection employees, sewage treatment plant workers, janitors, and in some cases to the general public.
To solve these problems, MDEQ helped establish a network of
drop-off collection stations, with most located at local pharmacies and fire stations. Access the list