City crews regularly clean up needles to keep public places safe, and a process has been developed to help members of the public know what to do if they find a needle or other drug paraphernalia.
I found a needle. What do I do?
Always treat each needle as contaminated. You have a couple of options if you find one:
- I’m too nervous to pick it up or I am unequipped to pick it up.
- Cover or mark the needle with an object.
- Call 403-342-8238 for disposal.
- I’m willing and equipped to pick it up.
- I have gloves, tongs or pliers, and a hard sharps container (or plastic bottle with lid).
- Needle pickup kits are available at your nearest fire hall.
- Put on latex, rubber or leather gloves. Use tongs or pliers to carefully pick up needle with tip pointed away from you.
- Put sharps container on stable surface (do not hold it while putting needle inside). Put needle point down into the container and close lid.
- Do NOT place container in garbage. Dispose of at nearest needle disposal location:
- Fire stations 1 (4941 46 Street), 2 (5839 67 Street) & Headquarters (4340 32 Street) have 24-hour drop boxes
- Many pharmacies accept needles
- Turning Point (4611 50 Avenue)
- Brown needle drop boxes located through parks and trails
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer once you’re done
If you get pricked by a needle:
- Flush the area with flowing water.
- Wash the wound well with soap and warm water.
- Seek medical attention for an assessment of the risk of infection and appropriate treatment.