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The right way to dispose of your diabetes testing supplies

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The right way to dispose of your diabetes testing supplies

Lancets (small needle-like items) that have been used to do a finger or alternate site stick for home blood sugar testing are considered household medical waste. They need to be disposed of carefully so that they do not injure another member of the household (including pets) or a sanitation worker. Talk to your doctor, certified diabetes educator, or call your public health department to learn about specific guidelines or laws about household medical waste disposal in your city or state.

The main thing to remember is to NEVER throw used lancets directly into the trash—even if the small plastic cap has been replaced. Typically lancets should be disposed of one of two ways:

1. A sharps container. Most likely, you've seen these in your doctor's office. They are usually red and made of hard plastic. They are available for purchase in most pharmacies, and can occasionally be found free of charge at various community agencies. Typically, there is a fee for mail-away removal or a drop-off location.2. A hard, airtight container. If you don't have a sharps container, it is easy to make your own. Good options are empty detergent bottles, empty soda bottles, and empty milk jugs. When full, make sure the cap is secure and clearly mark the container with the word "sharps" in large letters.

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