Position statement

As an environmental issue, it is the responsibility of government to ensure a system for the safe and convenient disposal of household generated sharps, and to assume costs of such disposal.

Background and rationale

Effective diabetes management requires blood glucose monitoring and, for some individuals, the injection of insulin. Both procedures generate items requiring special disposal (for example, sharps, lancets, et cetera). People with diabetes should not have to bear extraordinary costs for waste disposal associated with their disease. 

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