I am moving to Boston in a month and was checking up on the sharps disposal regulations for MA.  Often, the only sharps I have are my inset infusion set needles and my dexcom inserters.  Both of these things are self-contained sharps (the needle is tightly capped or covered with plastic) so, here in IN, I can just toss them in the trash.  However, MA seems to have stricter rules about sharps disposal and I hope some of you can help me figure out what the law requires for these things.  (Or at least, what works for you...)

Thanks!

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Hi There,
I'll see what I can find and get back to you.
Once you move and you have found a new doctor, see if the doctor can suggest how you can dump the needles.
When are you coming and what part of Boston are you moving too?
I live in Newton and if I can help you out with any information let me know.
David
Thanks! I am moving to an apartment in Allston. I'm just starting to think about looking for a doctor and everything - moving is stressful!
Hello again,
Found this link,
http://www.stericycle.com/consumer-needle-disposal.html
Once the collection container is full you just mail it back.
David
David, thanks for the pointer to this service. I've added them to my Diabetes Search tool.

I usually take a lunch box to my endo's office with some sharps in it and dispose of them there.
My Endo is Dr. Jeanne-Steppel-Reznik
She practices at Newton Wellesley Hospital and is right next to the Green Line MBTA if your not going to have a car.
She's very caring and very good.
Let me know if I can help you with questions about the area of places you might be looking for
David
I've lived in Boston the whole time I've had D and I use a detergent container that I super-duct tape up and throw in the trash. They are very puncture resistant. The first CDE that I saw said told me that thats what most patients do.
The City of Boston supposedly will take them at a few selected community centers/BPHC offices, but they are in a very not-safe areas. I also think they need to be in special containers, but I'm not cutting open my tide bottle to put them in a piece of plastic that I have to buy to then just throw away.
http://www.newtonfamilydental.com/about_us/Dr_Robert_G_Csillag.htm
This link is to my dentist. He understands diabetes and is taking great care of my teeth because of it.
He's one of the best dentist in the area. Sometimes people will avoid going to get dental care and this Dr. truly cares that your comfortable while doing a procedure. I've never felt even the injection to numb the area.
He also has a machine that if you needed a crown work done, it's done in the office and you leave with the crown the same day.
He is someone I have highly recommended to many.
Let me know what else I can email you for information to make the move easier for you, You don't want to raise the stress levels!
David

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