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    Free Used Needle Disposal Site for Los Banos Area Residents

    LOS BANOS, Calif., July 6, 2011 - Memorial Hospital Los Banos, a Sutter Health affiliate, now offers residents of Merced County access to a unique program for used needle disposal.

    The program allows residents who take insulin injections for diabetes, or use other devices that penetrate the skin for delivery of medications, to have access to free needle disposal. Unsafe disposal of needles can pose a risk to waste handlers and others. The program is one of the few in the state and the only one in the area that safely disposes of this household waste for residents.

    Residents can purchase approved sharps containers at most local drug stores. A standard sharps container holds between 70 to 100 insulin syringes and retails for $3.99. Once the container is full and secured, it can be dropped off at Memorial Hospital Los Banos, 520 West I Street, behind the clinical lab in the needle drop kiosk. The kiosk is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and only accepts approved sharps containers.

    "Residents who use needles for insulin injections at home are encouraged to take advantage of the sharps kiosk. Proper disposal of needles reduces the risk of injuries to waste handlers and significantly reduces the amount of hazardous medication that ends up in our landfills, waterways, and the environment” says Bernard Bourque, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

    For more information contact Bernard Bourque at (209) 826-0591 ext. 6377.

    Memorial Hospital, Los Banos
    Memorial Hospital Los Banos is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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    Katie Kidder
    (209) 572-5909