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Needle Advice

Advice for parents of small children

  • Talk to your children about what discarded needles look like.

  • Emphasize to your children that if they find a discarded needle, they should not touch it because they can get hurt.

  • Make sure your children know that if they find a needle, they should leave it where it is and ask an adult for help.

  • Ensure small children are wearing shoes if they are playing in areas around spray parks.

What are the risks of touching or being poked by a discarded needle?

When a person finishes using a needle, some of their blood may still be inside the needle. If you get poked by a needle and the user's blood enters your bloodstream, you could get sick.

Diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV can be transmitted by used needles.

Most people will not get sick by picking up or being poked by a used needle, but it's important to be cautious.

What to do if you get poked by a needle:

  • Let the wound bleed as much as possible.
  • Flush the area with flowing water.
  • Wash the wound well with soap and warm water.
  • Call Health Link Alberta at 811 or seek medical attention for an assessment of the risk of infection and appropriate treatment.


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