St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office & Health Department Now Collecting Medical Sharps

February 5, 2019

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, is now collecting personal medical sharps for safe disposal.

Community members may now safely dispose of medical sharps (such as syringes, lancets, and auto-injectors) as well as expired, unused and unwanted medications in the collection boxes that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the front lobby of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, located at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown.

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please unwrap/remove packaging from all sharps prior to drop-off. For disposal of large quantities of medical sharps, please call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330.

Household sharps such as needles, lancets, and syringes used for self-administration of insulin and similar medications must be disposed of properly to prevent public health risk. If not properly secured, discarded needles may expose your family, pets and local sanitation workers or emergency responders to needle-stick injuries and potential infection. You can prevent injury, illness, and pollution by properly disposing of these materials.

Drop-off of medical sharps for safe disposal is also available for the community between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following locations:

St. Mary’s County Health Department
21580 Peabody Street in Leonardtown
301-475-4330

St. Mary’s County Health Department Harm Reduction Program Satellite Office
46035 Signature Lane in Lexington Park
301-862-1680

For more information, visit www.smchd.org/medical-waste-and-sharps-disposal/ or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330.

5 Responses to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office & Health Department Now Collecting Medical Sharps

  1. tim jurnigan on February 5, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    be nice if they add one for crack viles too.

  2. Anonymous on February 5, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    I’d rather not put this on another story, but this concerns suicide and the criminal justice system. When someone kills themselves over the cjs, because they’re in jail, about to be taken into custody, or they’re a member of the cjs, an assessment should be made, a meeting should be held to determine the cause and it sholdn’t be a closed-door privileged meeting, which the cjs has plenty of, and they really have no business having. In addition to the press release, in addition to the next-of-kin notification, there should be a community discussion when something like this happens because of the cjs. Whats causing suicide, and how to stop it.

  3. Anonymous on February 6, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Hey cool!

    Just like Portland and San Francisco!!!

    Make a way for it – and it will propagate faster.

  4. JDA on February 11, 2019 at 8:43 am

    WOW.wondered why the reception was less than friendly at the Sheriffs dept Saturday. Couldn’t get the box open for the “sharps” . But let me ask this. Being a Diabetic where do I get rid of the sharps I use to inject Insulin ??

  5. Anonymous on February 13, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Sharps — is an arrow sharp? Yes. Does cupid still use bows and arrows in this day and age? well, of course. Is cupid going to be going around this week/ this month shooting people? I have no idea. Is anything other than a bow and arrow acceptable? No. We don’t have to discuss the shortcomings of males right now, do we? Well, of course not. Happy Valentines. Same to you.