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What you need to know about hypodermic needles and syringes and how to dispose of them.
California law allows pharmacies to sell needles and syringes to adults age 18 and older without a prescription. Other states may have restrictions.
Needles and syringes need to be disposed of safely after use – they cannot be legally be thrown into the garbage.
Ask your pharmacist whether they sell “sharps containers.” Sharps containers are made of strong, puncture-proof plastic.
You cannot put a sharps container into the garbage or recycling. Sharps containers have to be taken to a location that knows how to handle them safely. Call 1-800-CLEANUP (253- 2687) and search for “syringes” to find a location near you.
For drug and alcohol treatment information call: 1-800-662-4357.
For more information about access to sterile syringes go to the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DOA/Pages/OA_prev_npss.aspx.