Safe Needle Disposal

Protect yourself from diseases like HIV and Hepatitis.

Use a new needle, alcohol swabs and sterile supplies every time you inject.

Protect your family and community. Safely dispose of used needles at home.

Safe Community:

  • Keep needles away from kids and pets.
  • Get tested for HIV and hepatitis.
  • Get clean needles:
    • If you use needles for medical reasons, 
      call your doctor.
    • If you are an IV drug user, call Safe Point
      for needles, treatment 
      and overdose prevention.
    • If you find needles in your neighborhood, 
      call 311.
  • Safe injections

Safe Disposal:

  • Buy a sharps container at the pharmacy.
  • Use an outdoor needle drop box.
  • Return used needles and get new ones at a needlesafe disposal
    exchange program.
  • Always place used needles in a safe container.
  • Place needles in a hard plastic bottle (bleach, 2-Liter Pop) with screw top.
    • Seal the cap tightly using duct tape.
    • Label the bottle "Danger. Needles Inside."
    • Place the bottle in a tied trash bag and put it in a trash can.


  • Use needles more than once.
  • Share needles with anyone.
  • Inject in the same spot over and over again.
  • Try to remove, bend, break or recap needles.
  • Throw used needles in the trash, recycling bins,
    or on the ground.
  • Flush needles down the toilet or drop them into
    storm drains.

Download and print our Safe Needle Disposal card here.

You can also safely drop-off used needles at the following locations:

Equitas Health (Short North)
1033 N. High St
Tuesdays: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Southeast, Inc. (Franklin Station)
524 W. Broad St, Suite B
Fridays: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Syringe Disposal Boxes (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week):

Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus OH  43215 (**next to rear entrance of the building)
Franklin County Job and Family Services, Near East Opportunity Center

1055 Mount Vernon Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43203

Primary One John Maloney Health Center 
1905 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH  43207 (**on the Barthman Ave side of the building)

Hilltop Library Branch

511 S. Hague Ave, Columbus, OH 43204 (**on the Powell Ave side of library)