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SHARPS Program

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sharps programDid you know that improperly disposed syringes, hypodermic needles and other “sharps” can cause serious injury and create hazards in the community? In the past, people who self-inject have had problems properly disposing of their “sharps”.

To promote good health for all its citizens and patrons alike, the City of West Hollywood is continuing its FREE “Sharps Disposal by Mail” program for the coming year. Postcards can be obtained by coming to City Hall, 2nd Floor, Department of Public Works or by calling (323) 848-6375. Please be prepared to provide Proof of Residency upon request.

“Sharps Disposal by Mail” kits store used needles, syringes & lancets - and when full, are mailed to a facility that will dispose of them properly, as biohazardous waste. The original packing box also doubles as the mail-back box, with the postage pre-paid. This simple action will protect your families, sanitation workers and others from accidental injury by needles thrown in the trash.

Participating Locations

  • Capitol Drugs - 8578 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • Curson Pharmacy - 7559 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • Fairfax Pharmacy - 1111 N. Fairfax Ave.
  • Spaulding Pharmacy - 7722 Santa Monica Blvd.

 FAQs:

Q: What do I do once I receive a SHARPS post card?
A: Take the postcard to your nearest participating pharmacy and follow the directions.

Q: Is there another method of SHARPS disposal?
A: Yes. There is a drop-off box for SHARPS at the West Hollywood Sheriff Station located at 780 San Vicente Blvd. (Southeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd. & San Vicente.) “Sharps” may be placed in any sturdy container (w/ lid), that will fit through the narrow opening provided. The box is located in the station's parking lot, and are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, FREE of charge.

 A: Being Alive LA Syringe Servicing Program – Syringe exchange and disposal is an evidence-based public health program designed to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections among people who inject drugs. The Syringe Servicing Program operates on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 7531 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 100, West Hollywood, CA 90046. This program has a focus on people who inject drugs, but persons who use insulin, hormones or other injectable treatments are welcome to exchange and dispose of needles at Being Alive LA.

 

For More Information Please contact the City's Office of Environmental Services at (323) 848-6894