Needle Pick Up
1.I am not comfortable or I am not equipped to pick up the needle:
- Cover or mark the location of the needle with an object
- Leave a message on the needle hotline number (include location, landmark, and your name/number)
- ARCHES staff will respond as soon as we are available
2. I am willing and equipped to pick up the needle:
- You will require gloves, tongs or pliers, and a hard sharps container (ex. a strong plastic bottle such as a bleach container or a plastic jar with a lid)
- Put on latex, rubber or leather gloves. Use tongs or pliers to carefully pick up the needle with the tip pointed away from you
- Make sure the sharps container (strong plastic bottle, etc.) is on a stable surface and do not hold the container while putting the needle inside. Put the needle in the container tip down and close the lid
- DO NOT place the container in garbage
- Call the ARCHES Needle Pickup Hotline at 403-332-0722
- When you’re finished, wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer
- Let the wound bleed as much as possible
- Flush the area with flowing water
- Wash the wound well with soap and warm water
- Call Health Link Alberta at 811 or seek medical attention for an assessment of the risk of infection and appropriate treatment
Your health care provider will need to know:
- Was there blood on the needle tip?
- Was there any liquid inside the syringe? If so what color?
- Where did the incident happen?
- Did the needle look clean or dirty?
- Did you bleed when you were poked?
- Where on your body did you get poked?
- Did any substance get injected into you, or was it just a poke?
960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5
Most people will not get sick if they are poked by a discarded needle. There is however, some risk of contacting a virus such as HIV, Hepatitis C, or Hepatitis B
- If you have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B your risk is lower
- There is no vaccination for Hepatitis C, however it can be cured with treatment
- If you are at significant risk for HIV you may be able to receive medication that will help prevent you from becoming infected
- It is important to access medical attention as soon as possible to determine your risk
Needle Disposal Boxes are painted yellow and have a single round opening on the side for the collection of used needles. There are currently 12 Needle Disposal Boxes installed in Lethbridge in 11 public locations.
- Adams Park – south of Adams Ice Centre
- Lethbridge Emergency Shelter & Resource Centre, 802-2A Avenue North
- Stafford Drive North overpass
- North fence long railway tracks east of Stafford Drive North overpass
- Galt Gardens – by the public restrooms, under the pergola
- Crabb Street Parking Lot, 607-5 Avenue South
- Lethbridge Public Library – in the covered walkway
- London Road Park – 7 Street South & 7 Avenue South
- YWCA – by the east fence & west of the building in the alley, 604 – 8 Street South
- Civic Field – northwest perimeter, behind the YMCA
- Kinsmen Park, 900 block of 10 Street South