The Sharps Proliferation Crisis
Used Sharps Create Health And Safety Hazard
According to the U.S. EPA, over 9 million people use injectible substances
outside of healthcare facilities and an estimated 3 billion medical
sharps (used needles, used syringes and discarded lancets) enter the
municiap waste stream annually. Although the institutional use and disposal
of these instruments are subject to governmental control, regulatory
agencies until recently did not forsee the exponential growth of home-use
injectible medications nor the burden home-generated medical waste disposal
has placed on the municipal waste system.
Fear And Stress Follow Needlesticks
Concerns Of Secondary Infection Linger
For victims of accidental needlesticks, the emotional damage continues
long after the physical injury heals. Anxiety and stress about secondary
infection from used needles can have lingering psychological effects
Self-Injection Enters Mainstream
Changing Attitudes Add To Disposal Crisis
In decades past, the 'sharps problem' was limited to a small percentage
of illicit drugs users discarding used syringes in parks and alleyways.
Although this problem persists in many major cities, the sharps disposal
problem has arrived on Main Street.