CDC recommends using puncture-proof gloves, or pliers or tongs to pick up used needles. The needles should be placed in a ‘sharps’ container (one that is designed for needle disposal) or other puncture-proof container.
Thoroughly wash/sanitize hands after handling. If a needle ‘stick’ occurs, get to a medical professional immediately for possible disease-preventative treatment.
Container should be taken to an appropriate disposal site:
The Pueblo Fire Department DOES NOT have a public program for used needle disposal. Please take any needles to the listed sites below for appropriate disposal
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
Sells sharps containers and will take them back for disposal
101 W 9th St., (719)-583-4300
Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association
1249 E. Routt St., 1-4 p.m.
Access Point Pueblo (Southern Colorado Health Network office)
807 N. Greenwood, Ste. 200, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Please do not throw needles away in the general trash.
The Pueblo Fire Department DOES NOT have a public program for used needle disposal. Please take any needles to the above listed sites for appropriate disposal