HUDSON — Area residents will have a location to safely dispose of hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and wires, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said.
The police department has installed a large Sharps & Syringe disposal cabinet in the lobby of the station at 701 Union St. Access to the container will be 24 hours daily.
The cabinet was acquired with state funding, through an agreement between the Hudson Police Department and the Columbia County Health Department, Moore said.
The health department will oversee the safe collection and disposal of all items that are collected, Moore said.
“The syringe kiosk, along with our prescription disposal box will help to make our environment safer,” Moore said.
Columbia County Health Department Public Health Educator Victoria McGahan and Director Jack Maab were credited by Moore for making the disposal cabinet happen.
“We absolutely do not want needles ending up in our trash or on our sidewalks,” Moore said. “Prescription medicine dumped down the drain contaminates our water supply. This now becomes a more convenient process so citizens can safely dispose of these items.”