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Individuals living in the community use syringes to treat medical conditions or to inject illegal drugs. These injections result in billions of used syringes every year. Safe disposal of used syringes is a public health priority.

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Public health laws and regulations affecting community syringe disposal options.

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All state and territorial profiles on this website have been reviewed and approved by a representative of the state or territorial government. As the remaining states and territories approve their profiles, the profiles will be posted on this website.

This web site is designed primarily for individuals and communities who are working to build safe syringe disposal programs and improve public understanding of this important issue. We hope that the information and tools provided here will help communities move closer to the ultimate goal of "no syringes discarded in the trash or in public locations such as parks, buildings, or the streets."



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