Sharps Containers in Public Restrooms? - page 2

Just finished my second CCRN review class, which was held at a hospital in the Seattle area. They have sharps containers in the public restrooms there. I hadn't seen that before, but with the growing... Read More

  1. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Restrooms in the highway rest areas in NH have them and I beleive in MA also.

    Swtooth
  2. by   justme1972
    Very, very good idea. I have never seen them before. Would these have a lock on them? You know how desparate heroin addicts get when they need "supplies"
  3. by   Captain Tripps
    Umm I can't speak for the rest of the country but the reason you seen them around here is because of the Heroin and Meth epidemic. It came about because kids were finding needles in the restrooms and they weren't from diabetics. Let's be honest how many diabetics inject themselves in the local restrooms compared to people fixing anywhere they can? Also Diabetics tend to be a little more responsible with their needles than addicts.

    It's really sad, the Little league fields have people walk the fields to clean up/check for needles. Last summer just walking from the parking area to the Fairgrounds I picked up five needles lying in the grass. For some reason the West coast has become Heroin central with San Francisco and Seattle being the worst. We also have the joy of losing power or phones because addicts are stealing the lines for copper to sell. It never ceases to amaze me the power these drugs have to ruin lives.


    Peace,
    Tripps
  4. by   all4schwa
    Quote from Captain Tripps
    Umm I can't speak for the rest of the country but the reason you seen them around here is because of the Heroin and Meth epidemic. It came about because kids were finding needles in the restrooms and they weren't from diabetics. Let's be honest how many diabetics inject themselves in the local restrooms compared to people fixing anywhere they can? Also Diabetics tend to be a little more responsible with their needles than addicts.
    I was under the assumption this is more the reason for the sharps. Good idea, but sad.
  5. by   mvanz9999
    I kind of think street drugs are the reason for the sharps around here. I don't think the casinos have a higher than normal ratio of diabetics in the room.
  6. by   GardenDove
    I got an email back saying that they're going to install these in our bathrooms. That was quick.
  7. by   all4schwa
    that's awesome gardendove, you've really set an example around here that sometimes just speaking up with a simple email is enough to get changes happening.
  8. by   GardenDove
    Quote from all4schwa
    that's awesome gardendove, you've really set an example around here that sometimes just speaking up with a simple email is enough to get changes happening.

    What me, a role model? :hatparty: :smiletea2: :smiletea: :roll
  9. by   meandragonbrett
    We have them in our bathrooms

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