If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call 988 or message the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
You can only get TB from someone with active TB disease. An employee who has been cleared to return to work by the health department has undergone extensive treatment that’s been closely monitored by public health workers. They’re only cleared once the health department has determined that there’s no risk of them spreading TB infections to others. So, if the health department says they can return to work, rest assured that they’ve been carefully checked out and can’t spread the disease.
First, check with local trash removal services. Many states allow sharps containers (properly packaged and labeled) as part of regular trash pick up or allow you to schedule special medical waste pickups. You can also drop off sharps containers at specific collection sites, like hospitals, nursing homes, certain pharmacies, health departments, police, or fire stations. These vary by state or local regulations. There are also sharps container suppliers who provide disposal of the containers when full. You can search by state or zip code at https://safeneedledisposal.org/, but be aware that some collection sites don’t allow business waste.
Narcan still isn’t available to purchase directly over-the-counter, but it will be soon. Most businesses we know are keeping an eye on this but not purchasing just yet, in part because the makers of Narcan are currently getting heat for the $50 price tag they’ve mentioned for a kit with two doses. We’ve seen a fair amount of public pressure leading to lower drug prices lately, so it might be sensible to wait until we know what the bulk pricing will cost businesses before making final decisions. Depending on pricing, some of our clients are considering stocking it in every first aid kit or on the wall near defibrillators. If you’re considering stocking naloxone, you’ll likely want to consult your legal team and create a clear process on how and when to use it. Training for managers and employees will be important for both identifying signs of overdose and properly administering naloxone if you do choose to purchase a supply.