Safe Sharps Program
Used sharps (syringes, needles, and lancets) can be harmful if they are not handled properly. Through this program, Nova Scotians can access a proper container for disposing of sharp needles in a safe manner. Once the container is full, it can be returned to the local pharmacy.
For your safety and the safety of others:
Used needles, syringes or lancets should only be placed in a Safe Sharps Container.
- DO NOT put them in plastic bottles or jugs.
- DO NOT put them in garbage or recycling bags.
- DO NOT flush them down the toilet.
- DO NOT burn them.
The Safe Sharps program does not include used sharps from medical, dental or veterinary clinics, home care professionals, intravenous drug users, or farms. To properly dispose of these types of sharps, please contact your respective professional association.
For more information contact: RRFB Nova Scotia at 1 (877) 313-7732 (RRFB), your community pharmacy, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or a local Diabetes Centre. You can also download information here.