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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Needle disposal coming to county

By JUSTIN SHEPARD, Mt. Pleasant News | Sep 16, 2010

There’s nothing more painful to a diabetic than their constant need of insulin injections. That is, until it comes time to dispose of the needles that are keeping them healthy.

Currently Mt. Pleasant residents have only one option of disposing of their needles: buying a sharps disposal container from specific companies that will handle the used needles themselves. The down side — it’s expensive and tedious.

There were other options prior to about a month ago according to the members of the Henry County Board of Health that met Thursday afternoon, but now, because of an apparent expired grant, Mt. Pleasant citizens are now stuck with their needles — literally.

Whaley’s Waste used to offer the service to Mt. Pleasant citizens but now only provide the much-needed assistance to individuals living within rural Henry County. Those citizens can still take their containers to Whaley’s and will receive a new container with no worries. Mt. Pleasant residents however will be sent away possibly because the service was initially operated by a grant. It’s possible that the grant has came to an end.

There was no clear answers at the meeting, but it was stated that the issue with Whaley’s could appear on the county supervisor agenda.

For more on this story, see the September 17 issue of the Mt. Pleasant News.

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