There are permanent sharps (needles/syringe) disposal units located at the following Police and Health Departments:
Malden City Hall – 200 Pleasant Street Room 223, available during business hours
Medford Police Station – 100 Main Street, available 24 hours a day
Medford Health Department – City Hall Room 311, available during business hours
Melrose Health Department – City Hall Ground Floor, available during business hours
Reading Health Department – Town Hall, available during business hours
Stoneham Health Department – Town Hall Basement Level, available during business hours
Wakefield Police Department – 1 Union Street, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Winchester Police Station – Public Safety Building 32 Mt. Vernon Street, 24 hours a day
Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes
Be Smart. Be Careful. Be Aware. Be Safe.
If you’re one of the many people in Massachusetts who uses syringes to manage your health care at home, here’s what you need to know about the safe use and disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps).
- A sharps container is a single-use container that is filled with used medical needles and then disposed of safely. These can be purchased at pharmacies, medical supply stores or ordered through the mail.
- DO – If you do not have access to a sharps container place sharps in a rigid container such as a laundry detergent bottle or coffee can with a secure cap.
- DO NOT – put sharps in the trash. As of July 1, 2012, medical waste regulations do not allow the disposal of sharps in household garbage. Take your filled sharps container to the sharps disposal (drop-off) site in your community.
- Protect yourself, your community, your environment, and family and friends. The proper disposal of needles and syringes is important.
- DO – Put used syringes in sharps container immediately. Keep needles away from children and pets. Bring a sharps container when traveling.
- DO NOT – Throw sharps in the garbage or recycling bins. Flush sharps down the toilet or drop into
storm drains. Clip, bend or recap needles.
- Reduce your risk of blood-borne diseases like hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.
- DO – Use a new needle every time you inject. Clean the injection site with soapy water, alcohol swabs or rubbing alcohol. Find out your HIV/viral hepatitis status. Get tested. If you are not infected you can stay that way. If you are, find out how to take care of yourself and avoid passing HIV/viral hepatitis to others. Clean your sharps with bleach IF you must reuse them.
- DO NOT – Inject in the same spot over and over again. Share needles, syringes, cookers, cotton or water.
DPH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
617-624-5485, TTY: 617-624-5992
Substance Abuse Education and Information Helpline
800-327-5050, TTY: 617-536-587
Needle Exchange Programs (NEP):
You can dispose of used syringes or exchange them for new, sterile ones at any of these sites. You can also be referred to medical help, drug treatment, or testing for HIV, STDs, or Hepatitis C. Needle Exchange is free.
- Boston NEP
800-383-2437 or 617-534-3967
- Cambridge NEP
617-661-3040 or 617-680-1063
- Holyoke NEP
- Northampton NEP
413-586-0310 or 800-696-7752
Retrieved from: Massachusetts Department of Public Health