Proper Care for the Needle and Syringe

If you have a medical condition that requires you to use injectable medications at home, it is important for you to know the proper care and disposal of the needle and syringe you use for your medications. If you take proper care to use the needles appropriately and properly dispose of them, you ensure the safety of you and others around you. If you are unsure about the proper way to use your medications and medical equipment, it is best to consult with your medical professional before beginning.

Using Needles

In addition to properly disposing of used needles, you need to understand the safety of using needles in the first place. Every time you need to inject new medication, always use a new needle and always use an alcohol pad to clean the area you are going to inject. Never share needles with anyone else and always dispose of the needles appropriately.

Sharps Container

A special container called the sharps container is required to properly dispose of your used needles. You can find these special containers at medical supply stores or pharmacies. If you do not have a place to purchase one near your home, there are many options to find them online. These containers are for single use; once they are filled with needles, they need to be disposed of. If you cannot obtain a sharps container, the next best thing to do is use a coffee can with a secure plastic lid on it. Puncture holes in the top of the lid and dispose of the needles there.


Once your sharps container is filled, you need to properly dispose of the container. The first place to check is with your local board of health to determine if your community has designated drop off locations for used needle and syringe containers. If your community does not have a destination to drop off the used items, there are various sharps mail back services you can contact to help you properly dispose of your items.

If your medical conditions require special home health care that involves using injectable medications, it is important to understand how to use the syringe and needle safely to protect yourself and others around you. It is against the law in many states to dispose of needles inappropriately because of the safety hazards it poses to anyone who comes into contact with them.