North Wales Police - If you find a discarded needle or syringe

Local Police Advice
Keeping North Wales Safe


  • Put yourself or others at risk.
  • Hide it.
  • Separate the needle from the syringe.
  • Put the cap back on the needle.
  • Play with the needle or syringe.
  • Put it in a dustbin or litter bin, down a drain or toilet.

If you feel there is immediate danger to children or other people and you are confident
to do something yourself immediately then follow the advice below. Never put yourself
at risk.


  • Find a suitable container to put it in eg, a plastic bottle, jar, tin, etc.
  • Always take the container to the needle/syringe.
  • Handle it carefully (ideally wearing plastic/gardening gloves) and do not touch the sharp end of the needle. You can use a long handled gripper if you have one.
  • Pick the syringe up by the barrel end only and never touch the sharp end.
  • Put the needle (sharp end) into the container first.
  • Screw the lid/top onto the container.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
  • ake it to your local Pharmacy where you see this logo
  •     for it to be safely disposed of.

What to do in the event of a needlestick injury:

  • Don't panic.
  • Do not suck the injury.
  • Squeeze the wound and encourage it to bleed freely.
  • Wash and gently flush out the wound with running water and soap if available.
  • Cover with a waterproof plaster.
  • Visit your GP for medical advice and any appropriate treatment.

In North Wales we have a dedicated freephone number for the public to report any discarded needles and syringes. Freephone 0808 808 2276 and speak to one of our staff.

Victoria Lee