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I found a needle. What can I do?

Always treat a discarded needle as if it is contaminated. If you find one, decide if:

1. I'm not comfortable or willing to pick it up, or I am unequipped to pick it up, but I want Lethbridge to be clean and safe.

  • Cover or mark the location of the needle with an object.
  • Call the ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline at 403-332-0722 to provide the location and arrange for pickup and disposal.

2.  I'm willing and equipped to pick it up because I want Lethbridge to be clean and safe.

  • I have gloves, tongs or pliers, and a hard sharps container (ex. a strong plastic bottle  such as a bleach container or a plastic jar with a lid).
  • Put on latex, rubber or leather gloves. Use tongs or pliers to carefully pick up the needle with the tip pointed away from you.
  • Put the sharps container (strong plastic bottle, etc.) on a stable surface (do not hold it while putting the needle inside) and put the needle, tip down, into the container and close the lid.
  • DO NOT place the container in garbage.
  • Call the ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline at 403-332-0722.
  • When you're finished, wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
Places you can take needles for disposal:
  • ARCHES, 1206-6 Avenue South
  • Most local pharmacies 

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