FIND­ING NEE­DLES

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - — Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire, Health Depart­ment

Au­thor­i­ties of­fer this ad­vice if you or your chil­dren should en­counter syringes:

DON’T PICK THEM UP

You could get ex­posed to drugs or dis­ease, or un­wit­tingly dis­pose of them im­prop­erly.

CALL SOME­ONE

Check with your lo­cal in­for­ma­tion hot­line or health depart­ment, which can take care of it or di­rect you to peo­ple who can. Don’t call 911.

DO­ING IT YOUR­SELF

You’re not ad­vised to pick them up, but if you do, min­i­mize any hand con­tact. Use sturdy gloves, dis­pos­able tongs, a shovel or dust­pan, and put them in a punc­ture-proof con­tainer.

IF YOU GET POKED

Don’t panic. Don’t suck the wound. Go to your doc­tor, an emer­gency room or an ur­gent care clinic for fur­ther guid­ance, as well as pos­si­ble med­i­cal tests and im­mu­niza­tions.

WHAT TO TELL YOUR KIDS

Show them what a sy­ringe looks like and use age-ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage to de­scribe why they should stay away from it. Tell them that if they see any to get an adult, who should fol­low the steps de­scribed above.

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