Drugs, sharps collection boxes now at Sheriff Station

The North Coastal Sheriff Substation at 175 N. El Camino Real has installed a drop box for needles, syringes and lancets, as well as one of the several prescription drug collection boxes located throughout the county.

The drop box is a sturdy, metal bin, which is accessible 24 hours a day at the entrance to the station, while the drug collection box is accessible from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new sharps collection box in Encinitas is for home sharps only. They should be placed in a rigid container, like an old bleach bottle or coffee can, that is no larger than a half-gallon.

Old needles can hurt people and spread serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tetanus.

Overseen by the Department of Environmental Health, Encinitas is one of 13 locations where the county collects sharps.

“It’s against the law and dangerous to dispose of sharps in the trash. We want to make it easy for residents to get rid of sharps safely,” County Supervisor Dave Roberts said in a news release. “Our residents do a great job recycling, composting and putting medical waste where it belongs. The sharps collection boxes are a great resource.”