If you find a syringe in your yard, you can call the Health Dept. at 502-574-6520 or the Police Non-Emergency number at 502-574-7111 option 5 and they will send people out to pick it up safely.
If you choose to dispose of these yourself, please follow these guidelines.
What are needle stick injuries and sharps? Needle-stick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin. Injection of blood-borne viruses is the major hazard of needle stick injuries, especially the viruses that cause AIDS (the HIV virus), hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The term “sharps” means objects or devices with sharp points, protuberances or cutting edges that are capable of cutting or piercing the skin.
How do we prevent needle stick injuries? Do not place your hands into areas or objects where you cannot see as sharps may be concealed there e.g. overgrown garden beds, rubbish bins. Use tongs or rubbish grabbers to pick up or move rubbish
What if someone finds a “sharp”? Before you handle sharps – move away any people (especially children) who are nearby • Ensure there is space to move and to clearly observe the sharps and your hands • Do not handle more than one item at a time. If there are multiple sharps, carefully separate them using a stick or implement – do not try to flick them or pick them up with a grabber/implement. Pick them up by the barrel of the syringe. Do not attempt to bend over the needle. Use a Sharps container or if one is not available put the syringe needle end in to a suitable container (Soda cans or Detergent bottles can be used for this purpose) Seal the container with the lid or tape to insure the syringe can’t fall out. Dispose of in the garbage or call for pickup as above.
Warn your children to stay away from these things, so they won’t get stuck.