To make a long story short... I was in RN school (ADN) and was dx with hep c. No wonder my grades were falling! ANYWHOOOO
it required shots and I had needles around though I was very, very careful to always put the used ones in a proper container. I even got a special card explaining WHY I had needles on my person. Mind you, b4 this dx I would NEVER have considered a reason to have needles around like they were part of the furniture, but I required 48 weeks of tx a shot eod and I had sort of gotten used to their presence. No big thing...
I have a friend who cleans houses. She found a needle -- the hard way-- it actually broke her skin. I freaked! I told her that there was no way in the world she should accept a needle stick and walk away just to clean their house another day. Having gone through tx for HCV it was a BIG deal to me! She told me they were good people (?) but I demanded she call them and confront them. She called and the wife was perplexed -- on the other side of it, the lady was p*ss*d at the thought her DH would be using... until it came out exactly where the needle was found. It was a needle they used to re-insert ink into thier printer cartridge (it voids the warranty when you do that though
So, there are lots of reasons why you may see needles around other than diabetes. If I found one? I would just come right out and say "Hey! Look what I found??!!! What is it doing HERE??!!?"
I guess what I am saying is... needles by themselves ain't bad?
btw... I am proud to be among the 40% HCV negative after 48 wks of tx. Sustained response, 2 years negative, and am going back to school to finish my RN. :roll