Safe places to get rid of needles in Columbia County

Columbia County Department of Health proudly announces the grand opening of Safe Sharps Community Collection kiosks.

In collaboration with Hannaford Supermarkets, Columbia Memorial Health, Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Columbia County Department of Health has installed two kiosks, one at the Valatie Hannaford and one at the Livingston Hannaford.

This program expands the capacity and convenience for Columbia County residents to properly dispose of home-generated sharps. Many residents with diabetes use syringes to inject their insulin and use lancets to test their blood glucose levels.

This program brings convenience to disposing of these critically important materials in a safe and efficient way. This program aims to protect public safety by reducing risk of potential injury, disease transmission of blood borne disease from needle sticks, and protecting the environment.

Pictured below:

Hanaford pharmacist, Chris Curran and collaborating partners prepare to mark the grand opening of the Safe Sharps kiosk at the Valatie Hanaford Supermarket.

Pictured left to right: CCDOH Public Health Educator, Victoria McGahan, CMH representative, Bill VanSlyke , Hanaford Pharmacist, Chris Curran, CCDOH Public Health Director, Jack Mabb, Columbia County Director of Community Services, Michael Cole, CMH representative Mary Daggett and Pine Haven representative, Elizabeth Groat.

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