The news media today are headlining the dramatic rise of drug abuse and needle sharing in gyms and sports clubs across the UK, and proposals by NICE to install needle exchange programs within the gym to prevent spread of bloodborne virus disease.

NICE have updated their draft guidelines and slowly, PHE staff will be including high street gyms in their scope of operation while existing needle exchange schemes, often voluntary or charity-funded, will expand to include some gyms in their sphere of operation.

Steroid abuse is rife in gyms. Needle finds in the toilets of even the shiny brand-name gyms has been a problem for cleaners and maintenance staff but has been hushed up to avoid sullying the healthy reputation of the gymnasium. Any help will be invaluable, though ultimately if these pumped up idiots stopped taking illegal and unregulated steroid products their health would be better still. However, , it happens and this new publicity can help if it followed rapidly be those needle exchange schemes and not suppressed by the gym owners, keen to maintain their clean image.

Though there are crime issues involved in the illegal manufacture, distribution and supply of these anabolic steroids and other injectables used as tanning enhancers, safety and protection of public health is ever more important.

Nonetheless, the abuse of injectable drugs is now rife and initiatives such as needle exchange schemes are essential in order to stop the spread of bloodborne virus disease.

This suggests that sharps bins and subsequent disposal should be appropriate for pharmaceutical waste disposal, though colour coding of sharps bins, with the exception of purple-lidded bins for cytotoxics, seems to have fallen largely into disarray.

 

see also http://www.ianblenkharn.com/?p=6438
see also Further drug abuse in sports and gymnasia
see also Muscle bound sharps users

…and so on!

Indeed, if you search this site for the word GYM you will find much more. Looking back through the archive files you will find much more, going way back to late 2006 when the Clinical Waste Discussion Forum first raised this observation which has subsequently grown massively, to become something of a global health issue.

 

 

 

“A 2-year-old girl became the second child reported to be stuck by a “dirty needle” in Rolla, Missouri in the last seven weeks.

“According to the Rolla Police Department’s daily media log, an entry for Sunday, April 6, stated that the girl was “stuck in her left palm with a ‘dirty needle’ while playing in her front yard” in the 900 block of Fourth Street.

“According to Rolla police, a 12-year-old boy was stuck in the arm by a “dirty needle” after he and another 12-year-old boy started playing with several used hypodermic syringes they found Feb. 21 in the 1000 block of Laguille Court near Mark Twain Elementary School.

“A post from Sunday on the police department’s Facebook page states that “drug users (who also carry communicable diseases) would rather throw their used contaminated needles in conspicuous places so they don’t get busted by the police for being in ‘possession of drug paraphernalia.’ The problem is when we have heavy rains like we had a few days ago those needles float out of those places and into places where children can find them.

Read more: http://www.therolladailynews.com/article/20140407/News/140408881#ixzz2yHy9yJbm

See also 2-year old stuck by discarded needle

 

 

A Strabane schoolgirl has had an apparently lucky escape after falling onto a discarded syringe needle while walking home from school.

The horrifying incident happened close to the town’s St Mary’s Primary School. The 12-year-old was on her way home from an after-school club when she tripped and fell. She landed on the needle, cutting her hand.

Her anguished mother took her to Altnagelvin hospital on Friday where tests were carried out. They have since come back clear. Examinations of the needle have also indicated that it was clean and had not been previously used.

See more at: http://ulsterherald.com/2014/04/07/schoolgirl-falls-on-discarded-needle/#sthash.ugU19FYV.dpuf

Sadly, that’s not quite the end of it, since there remains a 6-9 month period during which the risk, however small, may continue. The girl may leave A&E with just a plaster covering a cut or puncture site but the risk of infection, and the even greater risk of post-traumatic anxiety focussed upon the risk of infection, cannot so easily be dismissed.

Let’s hope the girl and her family, who can be similarly and perhaps more severely affected, will by OK.

 

 

 

A 2-year old girl was ‘jabbed’ in the palm of her hand – penetrating her skin – after picking the needle up from the floor of a toilet at the MacDonald’s restaurant in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow.

Mum reported that the little girl had picked the needle up from the floor of a toilet in the restaurant, and was later assessed at Glasgow Victoria Infirmary.

I wonder how this incident will impact on the overall mapping of sharps finds across Scottish cities, and if that system pas finds on private land and in domestic or commercial premises. Probably not.

see Thousands of syringes on Scotland’s streets

 

 

 

Dozens of dirty needles were discovered by a dog walker on a riverbank, prompting fears for the safety of passers-by.

Andree Wood, a nurse from Grangetown in Cardiff, takes her three-year-old pooch Lilly for a walk under Penarth bridge at Taff Embankment twice a day – but said she has never seen so many needles discarded on the footpath.

“I am very much concerned that anyone could stand on one of the needles as it’s such a popular spot for dog walkers and people who go fishing.

Mum-of-three Andree said she has come across a couple of needles under the bridge about every six months since she started walking Lilly. “I have never seen this amount of needles before,” she said. “It’s awful.”

A South Wales Police spokesman said the needles have now been cleared from under the bridge.

It is just rather strange that, as shown in the picture from Wales Today, so many needles and their outer wrappers were discarded in one spot. Presumably, they were dumped from a bag or box.

 

 

 

A boy has stepped onto a needle on Lyme’s main beach.

The five-year-old boy was playing football on the main sandy beach when he stepped on the needle, assumed to be unwrapped, at about 2.30pm, 2.5 metres from the boundary wall near Jane’s Cafe.

The boy, visiting from Somerset, was immediately taken to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. He is now receiving a 12-month course of anti-Hepatitis B medication and will have HIV blood tests in six months.

http://www.viewfrompublishing.co.uk/news_view/31514/8/1/lyme-regis-boy-steps-on-needle-on-lyme%E2%80%99s

At five years old, the boy will have been aware of his parents’ anxiety and distress, and will have had the additional stress of a visit to hospital, blood tests and inoculations etc. By now he is probably over that, though there is more to come. But for his mum and dad, and for the extended family, the anguish will continue.

 

 

 

Needle with drop of bloodGoing to Dundee? Then do be careful are watch where you tread.

Newspaper reports raising concern after 180 discarded needles found in Dundee paint a gloomy picture of what is, unquestionably, a gloomy city.

More than 180 needles were found lying in public places in Dundee within three months, “shocking” figures have revealed. The items, which were linked to drug use, were recovered from the Strathmartine council ward area, which includes Ardler, St Mary’s, Kirkton and Downfield. There were also recoveries in Lochee.

Between November and January, 134 items were found in Strathmartine. In one find, 37 unused needles, 19 syringes and one used needle was recovered from behind the shops on Macalpine Road. In Lochee, a further 51 needles were recovered. The biggest single find was eight used needles on Bright Street, with 10 recovered in Whorterbank.

And that’s only the ones that have been found, retrieved, and counted.

The figures were revealed in the latest Local Community Planning Partnership reports for the areas. Information for the other six wards in the city was not included.

Mapping of needle finds is a valuable tool, to gather reliable information on which to plan and deploy resources, not only for safe retrieval but for the full range of public health, preventative, policing and safety measures necessary to manage deep rooted problems of this kind. It will also inform members of the public, which is not always a good idea as it drives communities into a deep and sometimes irrecoverable downward spiral, and looses votes for local councillors!

However, online mapping can achieved be easily – Ottawa does it really well – and there is no reason not to link this to the national ward-by-ward crime maps published by the Police.

And let’s not paint too bad a picture of Dundee, though having been there many times it can’t be too good either. few other UK towns and cities are really much different, it’s just that detailed statistics of needle finds are not freely available.

see also Ottawa needle woes

 

It comes as no surprise that dirty needles are incriminated in hepatitis C spread, especially among IV drug users.

As communities across the state continue to struggle with rising rates of heroin abuse, these users, who are also younger, seem to be contracting the potentially liver-destroying disease hepatitis C at higher rates, according to state data. And health officials in Rochester, Minnesota, suspect dirty needles may be to blame. Continue reading “Dirty needles suspected in hepatitis C spread” »

Ottawa is a lovely city. But it has it’s problems too.

CBC News used the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act to obtain an extract of the database the city uses to track property standard complaints about discarded needles and syringes. The data set in the map above covers the period from 2009 to 2013, and shows the city consistently receives complaints about these discarded items.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/more-discarded-needles-being-found-in-ottawa-s-suburbs-1.2572573

This is a remarkably balanced and informed article, well worth a few minutes to read. The annotated incident map gives much more information regarding incidents if you click on each red dot.

How does your city compare?

 

 

 

Police in Collie, Western Australia, are investigating an incident in which three primary school students were pricked with a needle from a diabetic testing device another student had brought in from home.

Collie Senior Sergeant Mike Dean said police and child protection representatives were called to the school on Tuesday morning, and they had responded following a “series of threatening behaviours” by the 10-year-old student.

“He said the child was too young to be charged.

“Child protection and police are working closely with the child’s carers,” Snr Sgt Dean said.

The school issued a statement in response to the incident.

“On March 18, 2014 three students at St Brigid’s Collie, reported an incident to a teacher involving contact by another student with an object,” the statement read.

“The object used was found to be a diabetic testing device brought from home.

http://www.colliemail.com.au/story/2166902/police-investigate-needlestick-injuries-at-collie-school/?cs=1443

There is a responsibility on the part of the school and the child’s parents, and also on behalf of those providing care to the diabetic child who should have been trained and equipped to manage and dispose lancets and insulin syringes safely.  Police involvement may be appropriate, at least until the circumstances are known, but considering whether a 10-year old child could be charged misses the point entirely!

A horrified father fears he may have contracted life threatening infections after he pricked himself on a dirty needle he found in his new home.

James Gault jagged himself on a needle which was sticking out from a shelf in a kitchen cupboard while he was cleaning his Blairmore Road home in Greenock.

The 40-year-old says he also found another dirty needle lying underneath the shelf.

He has now visited his GP to see if he has contracted HIV or Hepatitis B and C, which can all be caught from dirty needles. Continue reading “Council house bites back” »

Needle with drop of bloodA MindMetre research note on the implementation of EU Directive 2010/32/EU in UK NHS Acute Trusts paints a poor picture of sharps safety compliance.

Now long after the required date for implementation, the introduction of safety engineered safety sharps, and everything else that goes along with the Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 which became live on 11th May 2013, a third of hospital trusts in England are failing to comply with safety regulations designed to reduce the risk of sharps injuries to staff.

MindMetre analysts found 33% of Trusts did not instruct staff to use safety devices “wherever possible” in their sharps policies, despite it being an explicit requirement of health and safety regulations introduced last year on the back of the European Union directive.

The report from business analysts MindMetre investigated the implementation of directive 2010/32/EU, which came into force in May 2010, and was followed by UK guidance from the Health and Safety Executive.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, the analysts obtained details of safety policies from 159 hospital trusts.

Their report said: “The emerging picture is one of widespread progress towards adoption and compliance, but also one which shows that there is considerable ground yet to be covered.” Continue reading “One third of NHS acute Trusts in breach of EU & UK sharps rules” »

City Hall (Town Hall) bathrooms in the city of Racine, Wisconsin, are to get needle containers.

“Mayor John Dickert and Racine Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox said Thursday that they had been wanting to install the receptacles for a while, especially given the high rate of diabetes in the city and county at large.

“Many diabetics must give themselves daily insulin injections and those injections can often take place when they are away from home.

“The city was also prompted to install the containers after two city employees — a public works employee and a health department employee — each accidentally pricked themselves last year with used syringes.

“The Health Department employee was accidentally pricked while administering a blood draw at the clinic at City Hall, 730 Washington Ave. The incident with the public works employee occurred out in field, when the employee accidentally came in contact with a syringe that had been thrown in the trash, Bowersox said. It was not clear what the needle had been used for, she said.

We just wonder quite how many insulin-dependent diabetics work at or visit City Hall? What are the rest injecting?

 

 

 

The Clinical Waste Discussion Forum has previously reported companies offering needlestick insurance, and in Australia at least one provider continues to offer this product.

Acquiring Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV can result in many additional and unexpected care-related costs which must be a serious consideration in countries where a reliable state-funded health service is unavailable.

I wonder what the underwriters do with their profits? Perhaps they invest in and support investment in infection prevention. But perhaps not.

 

 

 

Scots steroid injectors are using almost same number of needle exchanges as heroin addicts. Medic say the number of regular users of the ­bodybuilding drugs has soared across Scotland over the last two years, with the country’s only clinic in Glasgow reporting four times the number of clients since it opened in 2010.

But in the last two years, the Glasgow clinic has reported four times that number of clients. GP Dr Rob Dawson, one of the UK’s leading steroid experts, said: “We found nearly half – about 43 per cent – of people using needle exchanges across the UK are anabolic steroid users.

The Clinical Waste Discussion Forum has warned previously of the explosive increase in illicit steroid abuse among young men keen to show they muscles. The problem is two-fold. Firstly, many users are relying on illicit steroid products that may have serious and generally unwanted side-effects, and have been sharing drug supplies and needles/syringes to give injections. The incidence of bloodborne virus infection, most notably Hepatitis C, is increasing rapidly in the group.

Secondly, those who have yet to engage with a drug support and needle exchange scheme and seeking access to their drug supplies and sharing needles at the high street gyms, where discarded needles are creating significant safety problems. Indeed, though there is apparently some hesitation among gym operators to acknowledge that the problem exists in their establishments, sharps safety training for staff is now, fortunately, more widespread and many gyms have mounted secure sharps bins in the toilets.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/doctors-warn-scots-steroid-injectors-3061962

see also Steroid misuse increasing in Ireland

see also Chief constable admits police officers across UK ‘are using criminals to buy  steroids and abuse their power for sexual gratification’

see also NICE recommendations – now gyms asked to provide sharps bins

see also Drug abuse in sport

 

 

A young girl was reportedly “distraught” after finding syringes on her seat on a Melbourne tram seat, according to a witness.

The needles were concealed on her seat, according to a post on the user-generated website reddit.

“The needles were jammed into the back and bottom of the seat, between the cushions. Angled outwards,” the witness explained. “The child was crying and distraught.”

Melbourne’s Yarra Trams confirmed that an incident occurred, but a spokesman insisted that the needles were capped, facing inward, and neither mother or daughter were harmed.

The reddit thread also detailed a new style of game where people jab unwitting strangers with fresh needles “to scare the sh*t out of them”.

“It’s done from behind in the back of the arm or leg,” the user wrote.

“You feel the prick of the needle but might not realise what it is and just think you bumped into something sharp until you see some f***er with a needle”.

Takes all sorts!

 

 

 

 

Believing that there is a better solution to needlestick prevention a mechanical design engineer, Stephen Bartlett, is seeking funding for a needlestick injury prevention campaign on indiegogo.com.

The primary motive of this movement is to drive awareness and funds to help promote the use and development of safe hypodermic needles worldwide. Bartlett hopes a worldwide needle stick injury prevention campaign will increase demand for safer hypodermics, thus resulting in more affordable needles for health care workers throughout the world.

As an engineer, I am appalled that this situation has been allowed to occur, noting that HIV and hepatitis transmission rates as a result of needle stick injuries are between 2-5%”. Bartlett goes on to point out that there are several examples of safe hypodermic needles in the market, and yet healthcare workers continue to receive dangerous injuries due to the nature of the traditional throw away syringes.

Bartlett is requesting funds on indiegog.com to help establish an organisational structure, initiate a global awareness campaign and gather base supporters. Development of alternative cheap and safe hypodermic products with a fully blown marketing campaign will require a larger crowd funding campaign. Donation amounts for the initial campaign range from 25 dollars to 25,000 dollars and include enrollment at different levels of the organisation depending on donation amount. The highest donation allows contributors to be part of the steering committee for the campaign. Their role will include advising Bartlett on the best methods of achieving the organisation’s aims. The perk for a 25 dollar donation includes membership in the worldwide organisation.

 

 

In an astounding piece from the Armenian News Agency, it is claimed that “A person cannot be infected with AIDS with a needle”!

The Head of the Armenian AIDS Prevention Centre, Janetta Petrosyan, commenting on incidents where persons are striking individuals with a needle as they pass in crowded public spaces, it is said with some authority that this cannot transmit HIV infection.

It is unlikely, and as stated the HIV virus does not survive drops in temperature, exposure to sunlight or ozone, or desiccation well. With further limitations on transmissibility by the volume of blood present and how fresh that blood is, the concentration of virus particles in the blood (virus titre), the type of needle (hollow or solid), the depth of injury, and first aid measures together with the efficacy of post-exposure prophylaxis, if indicated, HIV transmission is indeed perhaps unlikely.

However, it cannot be overlooked that in such circumstances there are other nasty virus agents that are far more infective and easily transmitted such as Hepatitis C. Thus, bold statements that HIV cannot be transmitted by a sharps injury of this type seem scientifically unfounded and clinically misleading, since it may dissuade affected individuals from seeking medical assistance and follow-up.

With HIV and Hep B/C on the rise in Armenia, if Petrosyan is so sure of this perhaps she would like to try it herself. It’s a risk not worth taking, which harks back to the earlier AIDS prevention slogan, ‘Don’t die of ignorance’.

 

The World Health Organization collates a vast amount of data on the prevalence of all infectious diseases, and has recently updated its top 5 list:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Hepatitis C
  • Dengue
  • Tuberculosis

With both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C particularly prominent in their position on this list it is worthy of repeating, that great care must be taken with needles, with other sharps and with any other bloodstained wastes.

 

 

Needle with drop of bloodIn Uganda, an HIV positive nurse has injected a 2-year old baby with a needle she had used on herself.

The baby’s parents discovered the nurse at Victoria Medical Centre, injecting their child with a needle after taking the baby girl to the hospital for a treatment. It was discovered soon after that the nurse was HIV positive and had used a needle on the baby that had made contact with her own blood.

The nurse claims that she accidentally pricked herself with the needle while trying to administer a shot to the baby and that she didn’t intend to infect the child, but authorities are still investigating.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/hiv-positive-nurse-injects-baby-needle-she-used-herself

 

 

 

They’re called vending machines but they don’t dispense soft drinks or snack food.

Instead, the unmarked machines send out one-use sterile syringes for a small fee and also provide a place for used drug paraphernalia to be safely disposed.

Inner-Melbourne looks set to be the next place in Australia to introduce ‘needle vending machines’ in an effort to lower infection and disease rates among drugs users.

Similar programs have been in place in Sydney since the early 1990s, and they exist in most Australian capital cities as well as regional centres. And health experts say they can’t understand why it’s taken this long for Victoria to get on board.

Regrettably, it’s taking other countries far longer to try this. Needle exchange schemes are limited by hours of availability and cost. Though the vending machines are never likely to recover the full cost of their provision it is a step in the right direction and one that will perhaps satisfy the ‘moral majority’ who oppose spending money providing needles to IV drug users.

If placed in convenient locations, with an adjacent and properly secure sharps disposal cabinet this can only be a good thing. The provision of clean needles is a key public health intervention that reduces the incidence of disease transmission through needle sharing. Moreover, since these devices will become a focus a cohort of users the possibility to capture safely used needles and syringes reduces the likelihood of drug litter and the attendant risks of sharps injury to others.

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3921091.htm

 

 

Disneyworld Orlando attracts millions of visitors from the US and elsewhere. With other Disneyworld outlets it is a major global brand and must accept that some of its visitors will use sharps, for illicit IV drug use of for prescription items including insulin administration.

At Disneyworld hotels and elsewhere it is inevitable that there will, on occasions, be a sharps management requirement. At each location it can be a challenge, to train staff accordingly, and ensure that any discarded sharps are cleared safely and promptly; failure to do so can have devastating consequences to individual staff members and guests, and to business reputation. Continue reading “Disneyworld sharps management” »

Heroin users are leaving needles lying around Inverness Castle.A hypodermic needle, regrettably one of many, was found lying on the steps of Inverness Castle in full view of sightseeing tourists in the latest of a series of incidents which have seen the castle grounds gain a reputation as a drugs and drinking hang-out.

 

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Drug-needle-left-at-tourist-hotspot-03012014.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Give me the money! Please.

A “polite” robber had pointed a hypodermic needle at Kirkcaldy shop staff. The polite Big Issue seller had apologised to shop staff as he robbed them, telling them: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.”

The comment was made after he showed two women a menacing hypodermic needle in a Fife Co-op store.

Then, in a raid on an Edinburgh sweet shop two weeks later, Spence produced a 6-inch knife and said: “I am sorry but I am going to have to take all the money from your till.”

A judge heard this week that at the time of the robberies Spence, of no fixed address, was still on licence after being released early from a previous prison sentence.

He is now in custody pending sentence next month.

http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/local-headlines/polite-robber-pointed-needle-at-kirkcaldy-shop-staff-1-3251877

 

 

“More than a dozen cleaners at Cheltenham General Hospital say they have been left severely traumatised after they were stabbed by hypodermic needles in the last 12 months.

“At least 13 members of staff at the hospital have reported being pierced by used syringes in the last year due to “improper disposal” by medical teams.

“The “domestic assistants” have condemned “poor practices” by the hospital’s doctors and nurses which they say are putting the health of the cleaning teams at risk.

“Cheltenham General Hospital has admitted liability for seven cases of piercing by hypodermic needles and one case of contributory negligence.

Regrettably, there is no mention of intervention by any of the various regulators that might step up to the plate here, either HSE or CQC, perhaps even the Environment Agency.

One can only hope that the costs of a private compensation claim has been sufficient to drive a sustained improvement in disposal practise.

Although sharps injury rates are highest among frontline healthcare professionals, we should remind ourselves that a US study comparing injury rates with employment statistics revealed an overall rate of injury among support staff 10x greater than that for nurses, and 30–40x  greater than for clinicians (Leigh et al. Characteristics of persons and jobs with needlestick injuries in a national data set. Am J Infect Contr 2008; 36(6): 414–20).

I guess that the cleaners at Cheltenham General Hospital found that out the hard way.

 

 

A 16-year-old  US boy found a hypodermic needle in his Christmas present!

On Christmas morning, he put on a navy blue hoodie sweatshirt he’d just received as a gift; when he put his hands in the pockets, his finger was poked by a syringe.

There were two hypodermic needles inside the sweatshirt, which was purchased at the local Walmart store.

“He tried it on and a couple seconds later put his hands in his pockets and then he got poked with the needle,” his stepfather said. “Utter shock. Couldn’t believe it on Christmas morning that this would happen.”

“There was blood inside the body of the needle.”

They then took the teen to the emergency room for blood tests for HIV and hepatitis A, B and C. They spent hours at the hospital on Christmas, and the high school sophomore will have to undergo a series of tests for at least six months.

Isn’t this supposed to be the season of goodwill?

 

 

 

In many prisons, drug abuse is rife. There are no end of unconfirmed reports appearing in the press of ready access to a range of drugs in prisons, smuggled in no doubt by a variety of nefarious means by prison visitors, and perhaps by prison staff also.

Injectable drug use in prisons are a particular problem since worldwide, very few prison establishments would provide clean syringes and needles. These items then become particularly valuable items for drug delivery, and may be shared among a number of users as well as their later use for prison tattoos, and as weapons.

Disease transmission rates are high, and this no doubt contributes to the alarmingly high rates of bloodborne virus disease among prison populations, and the risks of sharps injury for prison staff.

A Connecticut man who went to the Taconic State Correctional Facility in the Town of Bedford to visit a prisoner at the medium security women’s prison on Sunday, was arrested for sneaking in a hypodermic needle.

Presumably, this is just one of many incidents, in one of many prisons. Perhaps the right thing to do is to provide clean needles for safe drug administration, to reduce the burden of disease and bring this particular problem into the open, where it can be managed more effectively?

see Needle exchange in prison

see Prison needle exchange scheme?

see Removing needles from prisons

 

 

At this time of year, with the UK battered by storms the thought of enjoying a day on the beach seems a long way off. And so it is, for those lucky Australians who can enjoy Christmas at Flynns Beach in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

But for one family this turned to shock when they discovered a syringe and needle in the sand. Their family stroll along the beach looking for shells and playing in the sand was marred when they pulled a used syringe from the shoreline just metres away from dozens of holidaymakers and young children.

They stumbled across the syringe, protruding from the waterline at the southern end of the beach with a long, but bent, needle dangerously hidden in the sand. They placed the syringe into a plastic cup and continued walking to adjoining Nobby’s Beach where they disposed of the syringe in a public bin.

http://www.portnews.com.au/story/1992669/family-shocked-by-syringe-find-at-flynns-beach/?cs=12

Carelessly discarded sharps are a global nuisance and nowhere seems free of this particular problem. But sharps discarded in deep leaf litter, in long grass, in snow or in the sand are particularly problematic, difficult to find, and even more difficult to retrieve safely. Those discarded in long grass or in sand can be especially dangerous since these are locations where children might play barefoot, with predictably disastrous consequences.

 

 

 

 

Needle with drop of bloodWhat to give your girlfriend for Christmas?

It’s a perennial problem, but one that can go so badly wrong. And so it was for the idiot young man in Cornwall, Ontario, who gave his girlfriend a deliberate sharps injury for Christmas!

The man, who is facing numerous charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, took domestic abuse to extremes when he poked a needle in his 33-year-old girlfriend’s forearm – twice – on December 18.

The violence escalated the following day when the couple began arguing. The man punched his girlfriend in the head and threw her down before choking her. 
He was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, overcome resistance by attempting to choke and breach of probation for failing to keep the peace.
It takes all sorts. 

 

 

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), established in Québec since 1980, is a scientific research organization well-known for the quality of its work and the expertise of its personnel. It has just released an important research assessment, Evaluation of Manual Dexterity, Tactile Sensitivity and Comfort When Wearing Needlestick-Resistant Gloves.

This new study from the IRSST is an exploratory evaluation of manual dexterity, tactile sensitivity and comfort when needlestick-resistant gloves are worn on the job. Continue reading “Which is the best sharps safety glove?” »