Where Were We?

Thanks, Shawn, for reminding me that I hadn’t answered “Where Are We?”. 

The picture of the biohazard needle container was taken in the women’s restroom at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.  Does its presence mean that they had a problem with people just mindlessly and thoughtlessly throwing their used needles on the floor???  What’s UP with that?  And what is next?  I totally understand and agree with the placement of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in airports and have taken care of patients who were defibrillated by bystanders at LAX before paramedics arrived.  But needle containers??

You’d probably think that the container was placed there because diabetics were throwing their needles in the garbage.  But all the diabetics I know reuse their needles.  They aren’t thoughtless with their medical waste.  So it does make me wonder just what happened at THAT aiport!  Any diabetics reading?  Tell us what YOU do with your used needles when YOU are traveling…



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3 responses to “Where Were We?

  • Shawn

    The first and last time I saw that was in an Indian Casino restaurant restroom at the edge of the Apache reservation in AZ so I assumed it was related to the unusually high rate of diabetes in Native Americans. …Hmmm. I heard most of the land in AZ is owned by the government, – – the mysterious Chaco Canyon culture is centered close by in NM, and – – so is Area 51!!! Gotta go call Art Bell.
    Just for fun have a look at http://www.safeneedledisposal.org

  • Denise

    I have seen these in airports all over the country – Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and St. Petersburg, just to name a few. (I knew you were in an airport restroom, but I didn’t have a chance to post a comment until now.)

    I do know, however, that diabetics have 2 sources of needles. One, as you know, would be insulin shots. The other is the small needles (or pins) that are used in their testing devices for blood sugar. You can’t reuse those, and when I took care of my father-in-law for a few weeks, we put them in the trash can. I always try to stick them into something so the needle wasn’t exposed. It would have been nice to have such a container. Do they sell them for home use? 🙂

  • wonderlandhwy

    They have these here in California in the gas station restrooms owned by the Indian Casinos! When I first saw them I thought it was a little strange too. However, I did observe that there were a lot of needles in that biohazard container. So then I wondered why there weren’t more around!

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