INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 15, 2005 -- The Inglewood Public Works Department has introduced a program called “Inglewood Sharps” to assist the almost 4,000 Inglewood residents who use needles, syringes, and lancets (Sharps) in the home setting to treat conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis and allergies (Self Injectors). To kick-off the program and encourage the participation of “self-injectors” citywide, the City will hold a press conference in conjunction with Waste Management, Inc. and Rite Aid, both partners in this effort. The press conference will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 11340 Crenshaw Blvd.
Because some self-injectors unsafely dispose of their “Sharps,” the community, including children, adults, workers and pets are at risk for Sharp injuries. Injuries with used needles can transmit numerous blood-borne pathogens, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as well as hepatitis B and C. The United States Postal Service will provide special packaging for the safe disposal of “Sharps.”
Scheduled participants and featured demonstrations during the press conference will include:
· Inglewood Mayor and Council Members
· Rite Aid Public Service Manager and other Rite Aid Officials
· Waste Management Community Relations Officials
· Representatives from Daniel Freeman Hospital and Centinela Hospital Medical Center
· Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service
· Representative of Sharps Compliance, Inc., a company specializing in the safe removal of “Sharps” working with pharmacies, as well as disposal companies
· Demonstration of “Sharps” containers and postal service packaging
The press conference offers a tremendous opportunity to showcase an innovative program and partnership, one of the first in Southern California, designed to prevent a myriad of injuries and diseases associated with the accidental exposure to Sharps.
For additional information or for interviews, contact Hilda Kennedy, Public Information Officer at 310.412.5640.