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Safe Disposal Options

Safe Needle Disposal
Many people use needles, syringes and lancets at home for administration of medications to treat conditions such as allergies, diabetes and blood-clotting disorders. Used needles are dangerous because they have the potential to carry infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tetanus or syphilis. Used needles can be dropped off at the following locations Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

  • Margaret Mary Health Main Campus
  • Margaret Mary Health Center of Brookville
  • Margaret Mary Health Center of Osgood
  • Margaret Mary Physician Partners of Milan
  • Ripley County Health Department

All needles must be in an approved sharps container in order to be accepted. Approved containers are available at all of the above locations, free of charge. Be sure of the following before dropping off used needles:

  • Fill the sharps container to the ‘Full’ line on the container. Do not over fill.
  • Seal the sharps container before dropping off.

Prescription Drug Disposal
Do you have over-the-counter and prescription medications you no longer use? By taking advantage of one of the area’s several drop-off sites, you are assisting in the prevention of drug abuse and theft. This free community service is available at the following locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise noted.

  • Batesville Police Department
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Department
  • Ripley County Sheriff’s Department
  • Margaret Mary Health Main Campus (Monday – Friday 6 AM to 9 PM)

A special thank you to our community partners who help make these initiatives possible:

  • Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville
  • Batesville Police Department
  • Ripley County Health Department
  • Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition
  • Stayin’ Alive of Franklin County
  • Ripley County Sheriff’s Department
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Department

To learn more, call 812.933.5000.