04-04-2011 12:54 AM
I know of no law in Maryland that involves disposal of used test strips. There are laws for the disposal of used syringes or as they're called "sharps", but Maryland is pretty lenient. They require that you put the used syringes in a puncture proof container and seal it, then you can throw it in the trash.
I do live in MD, so I'm familiar with the laws. My suggestion would be if you really feel it's necessary put the used strips in a container and then when it's full you can use the regular trash.
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04-05-2011 04:54 AM
Thank you for the info. I did not know. Currently, I believe that I am in the early stages or prediabetes stage. I am kinda new at this diabetes stuff.
04-06-2011 07:33 PM
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04-11-2011 06:09 PM
We get the small sharps container from the pharmacy at either Walgrens or Kmart here. They're about the only places in town I've found that carries them. The local health department has a drop box out front for sharps containers under 2L size so I drop them off there every month or so, when I remember to after work. No other place in town here will take the full containers, not even the doctor's office. Hospitals won't take them from 'people off the streets' either, so it's either drop in the drop box or go to the needle exchange day in the alley behind the bakery. *Umm yeah.. no thanks*
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04-13-2011 05:45 AM
I wrap my used test stripes in klenix and throw them in the trash. I've been told this doesn't break any Kansas laws. In fact, I mainly do the klenix wrap to keep from upsetting my co-workers when I test at work (and this is most likely an unnecessary precaution).
05-31-2011 09:17 PM
My diabetes educator suggested a laundry detergent bottle. Drop all your lancets and test strips in it and throw it away when it's full.
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06-12-2011 04:20 PM
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