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Safety and Injury Prevention



Used Needles

Used Needle Disposal

Teach children to NEVER touch a needle and to tell an adult if they find one.

Throw needles away safely:

  • Use tongs or gloves to pick up the needle. Put it into a puncture-proof container with a lid (like an empty laundry soap bottle).
  • Put a label on the container thatsays, “SHARPS”.
  • Wash your hands after you are done throwing the needle away.
  • Place the container next to your trash can on the day of your trash pick-up (if you live in the City of Syracuse).

For more information about throwing needles away safely, contact:

ACR Health at (800) 475-2430, ACRHealth.org
REACH CNY, Inc., 315-424-0009, ext. 112 or email: esap@reachcny.org


Poisoning Prevention

Is your home poisoning your child?
Children and pregnant women living in older homes with chipping, flaking, and peeling paint are at the greatest risk for lead poisoning. The Onondaga County Lead Poisoning Control Program works to protect children from lead poisoning by:

  • Inspecting rental properties and homes built before 1978
  • Providing blood lead screening tests
  • Following up with families whose children need testing, and
  • Providing case management for children with lead poisoning.

Click here for more information.

Miniature "button" batteries can present a risk of childhood poisoning
These tiny batteries (used in watches, calculators, cameras, and hearing aids) usually pass through the person without any problem. However, miniature batteries may cause poisoning if swallowed and they can cause internal burns if they become lodged in the esophagus or intestinal tract. If a miniature battery is swallowed, you should contact your Poison Control Center, your physician, or the National Button Battery Ingestion hotline at 1-800-498-8666. In order to prevent ingestion of miniature batteries, consumers should keep the batteries out of children's reach and throw away old batteries, securely wrapped, after they have been removed from the appliance.

Source: PoisonPrevention.org

Bath Salts
“Bath salts” are “designer drugs” most commonly known as MDPV, mephedrone, or methylone. They are powerful drugs of abuse that may cause severe side effects. They may also be called “plant food” or “research chemicals”. These are not the products that are commonly sold for bathing from bath and beauty retailers. Click here for more information about these dangerous substances.


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