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Supporting Diabetics

diabetic sharps green bottle
Last month was diabetes awareness month in the US. The awareness campaigns brought this pervasive disease into sharp focus, and rightly so. At present, ten percent of all Americans are diabetic, and the numbers are climbing rapidly.

Needles Everywhere

While many with mild diabetes can control it with diet and exercise, there are many who need tablets or insulin injections to manage it. They also need to monitor their blood glucose levels, often on a daily basis. This requires the use of a lancet to extract a drop of blood for the test strip. If their glucose levels are too high, they then need to inject a dose of insulin, producing another needle for disposal.

Safety First

Of course, all these sharps need to be disposed of in a safe and cost-effective manner. People living with diabetes, including their families, need to be educated about the correct way to dispose of the used sharps. While many know that it’s not appropriate to just throw them out with the regular trash, they aren’t always aware of safer alternatives. Most people want to keep their families and wider communities safe; they just aren’t sure how.

MET Has the Answer

There are several simple solutions available for such people. Some diabetics make their own containers, but they don’t always meet the safety requirements. Many waste disposal companies offer sharps mailback programs whereby the patient throws their used needles and lancets into puncture-proof containers. Once they are full, the patient mails them to the waste disposal company in a pre-paid box.

This small convenience makes it easier for diabetics to manage their disease on a daily basis and keeps the community safe at the same time.