WEST HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. -- Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will accept used needles, syringes and lancets used by county residents for self-medication as part of the Rockland County Sharps Collection Program on Tuesday, July 5.
Residents may bring their used sharps in approved sharps containers to the south loading dock of the hospital from 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m.
Any resident who uses sharps in their home may participate in this free program. This includes residents with diabetes or other medical conditions, such as cancer or allergies that require medication by injection.
The program is an environmentally responsible method to dispose of unwanted needles, lancets and syringes, which are a potential danger to sanitation workers and the environment when disposed of improperly.
Residents must place the used items into an approved container, which may be obtained from a surgical supply house or pharmacy. When the container is full, it should be closed and brought to one of the collection sites. Sharps will be collected every month at a designated hospital or nursing home.
For additional information on the program, a schedule of collection sites or the drop-off at Helen Hayes Hospital, call the Department of Health at 845-364-2086.