The launch of the new BD “CARD Your Sharps” initiative provides patients with a new sharps containment device, at no cost, and directs them to the nearest sharps take-back location. Each year, nearly 9 million people with chronic conditions – such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and others – administer 3 billion injections outside of health care facilities in places like their homes and workplaces. Sharps are considered medical devices and include needles, syringes and lancets. In California, used sharps are classified as home-generated sharps waste and must be disposed of separately from household trash and recycling containers through one of the many available community based options.
The CARD Your Sharps Initiative targets critical interactions between patients and retail pharmacists at the point of sale to educate new and returning patients on the initiative. The program builds on patient-centric tools currently available through SafeNeedleDisposal.org
“As American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) president, increasing access to educational resources that empower people to self-manage their condition is the foundation of our self-management education and support strategy,” said Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, 2015 President, American Association of Diabetes Educators. “People with chronic conditions, like diabetes, have so much to worry about without having to deal with the burden of making sure the therapies they’re taking to manage their treatment are disposed of correctly. Tailored education and access to free resources, like those provided through BD’s new CARD Your Sharps Initiative, will play a significant role in increasing the convenience for people who use sharps – allowing them to spend their valuable time focusing on their health, and less time worrying about their disposal options.”
For more information about the Card Your Sharps initiative visit CARDYourSharps.com.