Best Practice: Used Needle Disposal

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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:

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. 
Saturdays
(719)-289-7149

Access Point Pueblo (Southern Colorado Health Network office)
807 N. Greenwood, Ste. 200, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Tuesdays (719)-621-1105

Please do not throw needles away in the general trash.

The Pueblo Fire Dept. DOES NOT have a public program for used needle disposal. Please take any needles to the above listed sites for appropriate disposal