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Safe Sharps

Please Note: During COVID, McKesson has advised that as a result of other priorities during COVID-19, they will no longer be shipping SHARPS containers to NS pharmacies. As a result, pharmacies will (or already have) run out of sharps containers for patients and patients will need to use alternatives in the short term (they should not be putting into garbage or recycling). If there are no options for disposing of needles in an approved sharps container, you should use a heavy plastic container (like a laundry soap container, NOT pop or water bottles), label the container and keep out of reach of children. As most pharmacies are unable to receive full containers at this time, we ask patients to hold onto their containers until after COVID restrictions are lifted, at which time, pharmacies will be happy to accept all of your containers.

For your safety and the safety of others: Sharps should only be placed in a Safe Sharps Container.

Used sharps must be handled properly.

  • DO NOT put needles, syringes or lancets in plastic bottles or jugs.
  • DO NOT put needles, syringes or lancets in garbage or recycling bags.
  • DO NOT flush needles, syringes or lancets down the toilet.
  • DO NOT burn needles, syringes or lancets.

Safe Sharps Program

Note: The Safe Sharps program does not include used sharps from any commercial enterprises including medical, dental or veterinary clinics, home care professionals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or farms. To properly dispose of these types of sharps, please contact your respective professional association. 

Please follow these steps to safely dispose of syringes, needles, and lancets:

  1. Pick up a free Safe Sharps container at your community pharmacy or Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Supply Centre.

  2. Place your used syringes, needles and lancets into the Safe Sharps container.

  3. When the container is almost full, seal the lid.

  4. Return the sealed container to your community pharmacy or CDA Supply Centre.

The Safe Sharps program is funded by Nova Scotia’s pharmacies, sharps manufacturers and medication distributors.

For more information contact: RRFB Nova Scotia at 1-877-313-7732 (RRFB), your community pharmacy, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or a local Diabetes Centre.

Intravenous Drug Use

Sharps generated by intravenous drug users are not included in the program, but can be disposed of or exchanged at one of the following locations: 

Mainline Needle Exchange,
5511 Cornwallis St,
Halifax, NS
(902) 423-9991 or Toll-free: (877) 904-4555

Sharp Advice Needle Exchange (S.A.N.E),
150 Bentinck St,
(902) 539-5556

Northern Healthy Connections Society

33 Pleasant Street,


(902) 895-0931