Disposal of unused needles

By Latest Reply 2014-04-07 02:05:13 -0500
Started 2011-08-20 19:23:25 -0500

Does anyone out there know how I can dispose of unused needles. I can no longer take inulin, so I now have a collection of needles. Does anyone out there have any type of idea on how I can dispose of them?

11 replies

Inrvizion 2011-08-21 18:42:52 -0500 Report

I would just start a new discussion that says something like this "Free unused unopened needles 50 units 31 gauge to anyone who needs them but can't afford to buy them - 600 count) -

2011-08-21 21:39:13 -0500 Report

sounds like a great idea, but how would I know that they're not IV drug users? And not insulin dependent diabetics?

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-08-22 18:18:45 -0500 Report

There are a couple of people here on dc that need supplies. Try sending to them to help them out. Bout out myself. LOL. Have a great day, Darrin

Inrvizion 2011-08-21 23:30:02 -0500 Report

Well, you wouldn't but I honestly don't see what the difference would be. Being a recovering IV heroin user my self I have to be honest and tell you that I honestly believe anyone who needs a clean needle and can't afford it, regardless of what they are using it for, deserves a right to have access to it.

That being said, it's a safe bet that anyone who is a member of Diabetic Connect is most likely not an IV drug user and if they happen to be they probably get their needles from a needle exchange as I did when I was using heroin (well I also had a ton of needles anyhow b/c I am type 1 and have been for the last 23 years) but my point being, I don't think IV drug users are scouring the diabetic connect discussion boards in order to find clean needles LoL. And if they are they are pretty stupid b/c that would involve A. finding someone giving away free needles w/ free shipping and B. waiting for 1-10 days for the needles to be shipped and arrive during which time I personally would have found 5 different methods of administration for whatever drug I was trying to inject.

I highly doubt that you expected to hear that but what can I say, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it :) Just my 2 cents Anna, you spend it however you want.


2011-08-22 17:34:50 -0500 Report

No Invizion~ there's a big difference. A diabetic needs these needles for their medication to ensure them a healthier form of a lifestyle. An IV drug user needs them for their next fix.Let an IV drug user use whatever dirty needle they happen to find. I don't need to give my needles that I have paid good money for, to give away to some low class drug user so they can get their next fix.

geekgrrl0 2014-04-06 20:40:51 -0500 Report

Having someone like you in the world makes me really sad. Have you no compassion? The only thing I'm addicted to is caffeine, thank the Lord, but addicts (to all things, not just IV drugs) are people too and must be suffering horrible things.
Plus, if we keep IV drug users from contracting HIV or Hepatitis C, it keeps the entire population healthier. I'm not saying they're more or less deserving than someone with diabetes. I'm just praying for you and hope that someday you can find the compassion and heart that the good Lord gave to us all. Maybe you had a hard life and have had much suffering too, but please don't push your hatred onto others. That does nothing productive and actually hurts yourself and keeps the world in a dark place.

jayabee52 2014-04-07 02:05:13 -0500 Report

Please note GG that you're preaching to someone who posted this somewhere like 3 yrs ago, and likely isn't even around to "hear" your preachments.

2011-08-21 18:16:48 -0500 Report

Thanx Guys. I'll do some footwork 2morrow. (since they might not B open on Sunday) And if any one else out there in D/C land has any other suggestions, I'm happy 2 hear them, and respond 2 them. Thanks guys. I've gotten to the point of hating to dust those damn boxes!

realsis77 2011-08-21 12:00:24 -0500 Report

Hi. Yes! Definately donate them to someone in need! Many people can't afford supplies and it would be a blessing to those people to receive some needles! Maybe post here and a needy person might be happy to receive them :) id first try posting here because I've read several posts of people not being able to afford supplies. If no one comes foward id call the health department and let them know you would like to donate clean sealed unused needles! I'm sure many people would be more than happy to take them! :) so please don't throw them out! Offer them to people in need! They will be very greatful I'm sure :)

spiritwalker 2011-08-20 19:35:24 -0500 Report

If you have a free clinic or a Salvation Army clinic near you they will accept donations
of medical supplies including needles if they are still in packaged state. You can also
call your MD. they might have other suggestions.

camerashy 2011-08-20 19:29:54 -0500 Report

The best idea I can think of is to take them to any hospital or doctor's office. I have 600 of the regular needles sitting here taking up space. I thought that I would maybe use them at one time, but when I started using the pen, I just sort of never thought about them again.