Custer Health is providing an outdoor kiosk at its Mandan location to allow for the safe disposal of syringes any time of the day, every day of the year.
The red container with a biohazard marker is on the southwest side of the Custer Health building at 403 Burlington St. SE. It will be available to the general public starting Tuesday.
Custer Health Nursing Director Jodie Fetsch says the kiosk is not intended to be used by people enrolled in the Mandan Good Neighbor Project. That program, which began in January 2018, provides free sterile syringes and education to prevent the spread of disease, but participants must return used syringes. The program has about 200 clients.
People who use the kiosk are asked to put syringes in a hard-sided container such as a detergent bottle, milk jug or pop bottle, with a taped lid. Loose syringes and needles are not to be placed in the kiosk.