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What Are Sharps?

“Sharps” is a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. Examples of sharps include:

syringe needle

fingerstick-device

Sharps may be used at home, at work, and while traveling to manage the medical conditions of people or their pets. These medical conditions include allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting disorders, and psoriasis.

There are about 9 million Americans who use needles or other sharps to manage their medical conditions at home. This amounts to more than 3 billion used needles and other sharps that must be disposed of outside health care settings each year (Statistics provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

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