“A man who authorities think dumped vials of blood and used syringes into the Arkansas River was charged Friday in connection with the theft of medical waste from a Tulsa hospital.
“Garrett Gibson, 27, of Ralston was charged in Tulsa County District Court with unlawful possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute, larceny of controlled drugs and larceny from a structure, court records show.
It remains quite obvious why sharps bins are stolen from hospital premises. The search for syringes and needles is easily satiated, while every now and again they might hit pay dirt and come across a prefilled but only part used syringe containing a narcotic analgesic or other controlled drug.
Clearly, it happens in US, and it still happens in the UK. We make it easy, with clinical waste carts unlocked, left overnight in unsupervised and accessible locations.
Do we store waste with the required security provision? It really is time to repeat the clinical waste survey!