The Grand Forks Public Health has announced the opening of a new location for the community to drop off medical sharps, such as needles, which are hazardous waste that cannot be thrown away with normal trash. The initiative is an extension of the work to reduce hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens in the community.
To drop off the sharps, they must be in a sturdy plastic container, and containers in quart or gallon sizes can be purchased at Inspire Pharmacy for less than $3. The pharmacy is conveniently located around the block from the sharps disposal site at 360 Division Ave. #100.
The drop-off location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for containers of sharps under five quarts. Larger quantities can be given to the withdrawal management center staff between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, sharps generated by commercial entities are not accepted at this drop-off location. It replaces the Altru Hospital drop-off, which is currently closed due to construction. The new program is supported by Grand Forks Public Health, Altru, Inspire Pharmacy, and Spectra Health.
This new initiative aims to provide a safer and more convenient way for the community to dispose of sharps and prevent future hazards. By keeping these hazardous materials out of regular trash streams, it reduces the risk of contamination and protects public health and safety in the area.