MURRAY CALLOWAY ENDOWMENT FOR HEALTHCARE PARTNERS WITH SPECIFIC WASTE INDUSTRIES TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SHARPS (USED NEEDLES) DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

Posted 01/04/2017

The Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare (a 501c (3) fundraising arm of Murray-Calloway County Hospital) announces partnership with Specific Waste Industries, a regional medical waste hauler in Western KY., to encourage the safe disposal of sharps.  

There are many individuals with serious health conditions who manage their care at home and use syringes. For example, people with diabetes use syringes to inject their own insulin and use lancets every day to test their blood glucose. In addition, injection drug users use syringes and needles. Safe disposal of sharps is critically important to optimize health, safety and protection of the environment. The best way to ensure that people are protected from potential injury or disease transmission of blood borne diseases due to needle sticks is to follow established guidelines for the proper containment of “sharps” syringes, needles and lancets and other safer disposal practices. In response to these risks, Murray-Calloway County Hospital together with Specific waste will set up needle drop box locations for public use at the following addresses:

MCCH Emergency Department
803 Poplar Street
Murray, KY 42071
 
Murray North Fire Station
2075 US Highway 641 North
Murray, KY 42071
 

These drop-off locations are now open to the community for public use. Community members can now bring used needles to either of the above noted locations. The public is encouraged to help reduce the significant dangers associated with disposing of needles at home or in public places and take advantage of these used sharp drop locations at any time.

For more information on the Think Sharp Safe Needle Disposal program of if you would like to support this project, please contact Keith Travis, with the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare at 270.762.1908.