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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Needle-exchange continues strong start

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We saw six people, received 584 used needles and gave out 113 clean needles Friday, Sept. 11, at our needle-exchange program. We will open again 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 18.

In total, we have received 843 used needles and given out 283 clean needles.

Insulin syringe reminder
The Lexington-Fayette County Needle Exchange Program will not accept needles from diabetic patients.

We realize the need for these patients to dispose of their used needles and have learned from the city that these needles can be put in the regular trash if they are sealed in a heavy plastic or metal container such as a coffee can or similar plastic container.

This is the link for LFUCG Solid Waste regarding disposal of “other items” including medical waste: http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2423

We urge patients who need to dispose of needles used for insulin to do so according to acceptable city procedures.

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