TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- For many families, medical care doesn't take place at a hospital or clinic, but rather at home.
Syringes are used and disposed of on a daily basis and it's important for them to be disposed properly. Dr. Homer Rice, administrator of the Leon County Health Department says, "People need to understand there is a real danger to them about a puncture."
Rice says, "Blood borne pathogens are a major concern. Some of the worst diseases we deal with are in your blood. HIV for example comes right to mind. You can be infected by a blood stained needle. It's why we pay so much attention to an intravenous drug users because if they share needles they may also share that virus."
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