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Posted on: March 19, 2019

Beware of Needles in Unexpected Places


With the growing presence of discarded, used syringes and needles in our community, the Fortuna Police Department advises community members to:

Never pick up a used syringe or needle with your bare hands.

You can call our department at 725-7550 to have one of our officers safely retrieve and dispose of the needle and syringe.

Never push trash down in a public trash can with your hands or feet, regardless of whether all you see is paper.

Used needles have often been found in public restroom trash cans, and other trash receptacles.

There have been reports of people sticking themselves accidentally with used needles while trying to push trash down, or remove trash with their bare hands from trash receptacles.

When removing trash bags from community or business trash cans avoid holding them against your body as they may contain discarded needles.

Remember that these discarded needles and syringes probably contain body fluids that may have hazardous pathogens including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other diseases

Please be sure to teach children about this hazard so that they aren’t injured.

If you puncture your skin with a used needle, follow these first aid steps immediately:

  1. Allow the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water.
  2. Wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap.
  3. Do not aggressively scrub the wound while you're washing it.
  4. Do not suck the wound.
  5. Gently dry the wound and place a sterile bandage on it.
  6. Seek the advice of your personal health provider as soon as you can.
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