For Immediate Release
October 5, 2011

For more information, contact:
Rep. David Knox 603-569-2530
Sarah Silk, 603-651-7530

Industry Leaders and Governor's Proclamation Make "Point" of Safe Sharps Disposal;
Free Needle Cutters Available at All Rite Aid Pharmacies in New Hampshire

CONCORD - Representatives from the leading manufacturer of medical needles and Rite Aid today announced a partnership to bring 3,000 free needle cutters (BD Safe-Clip™) and related educational materials to all of the 68 Rite Aid pharmacies in New Hampshire during the month of October.

"We are happy to participate in such an important initiative to educate consumers on the proper disposal of used needles and other kinds of medical sharps," said Karl Schumann on behalf of BD (Becton Dickinson & Company).

BD and Rite Aid announced the giveaway event in conjunction with Governor John Lynch's proclamation of October as "Safe Disposal of Medical Sharps Month." The proclamation, read aloud by NH Department of Health and Human Services Director, Dr. Jose Montero, urged New Hampshire citizens to be mindful of the proper and safe disposal of all sharps, including needles and lancets. Loose sharps should never be thrown into the trash or toilet, but instead be placed in puncture-proof containers and labeled as medical waste.

"Rite Aid is proud to work with Governor Lynch and BD on such an effort," said Rob Mullins, Rite Aid Regional Pharmacy Vice President. "We understand that safely disposing of medical sharps not only helps prevent accidental injury and illness among those at home and to waste handlers, but also reduces environmental pollution. We encourage everyone to visit their local Rite Aid pharmacy and pick up a free BD Safe-Clip today, while quantities last."

State Representative J. David Knox, Chairman of the Medical Sharps Subcommittee said, "With an estimated 15 million insulin syringes and pen needles used by New Hampshire's diabetic population alone, proper disposal is critical in helping to keep waste workers and others safe from needle stick injuries."

Recently the Medical Sharps Subcommittee, with the financial support of Waste Management, Inc. and BD, produced and distributed over 40,000 "safe sharps" brochures throughout New Hampshire communicating the risks of inappropriate sharps disposal, as well as the means of proper disposal. The brochure can be accessed at:

About the Medical Sharps Subcommittee: The Medical Sharps Subcommittee, of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, is tasked with studying and making recommendations for the safe and practical collection and disposal of household generated medical sharps. Since 2008, the Subcommittee has worked to design programs and educational materials to target certain audiences on the proper disposal of sharps for the protection of public health and the environment.