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Sharps Drop-Off Boxes Are Now At Anne Arundel County Police Headquarters And District Stations

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has placed sharps disposal boxes for public use at the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s district stations and its headquarters. County residents can discard lancets, needles, syringes and other home health care sharps at any time daily at the following four district stations: Eastern District, 204 Pasadena Road, Pasadena; Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore; Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater; and the Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton. A drop-off box is also available from 8:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays, except holidays, at the Anne Arundel County Police Headquarters, 8495 Veterans Highway, in Millersville.

The goal of the sharps disposal program, a partnership between the Department of Health and police department, is to provide safe drop-off locations for individuals and families who may administer injectable home medications, including insulin. The boxes are not intended for business use. By providing this safe disposal option, the county helps to reduce the risk of medical waste contamination and promotes a cleaner, safer community environment.

For more information about the sharps drop-off boxes and preparing items for disposal, visit www.aahealth.org or call 410-222-7095.

Department Of Health Offers Free Opioid Overdose Response Training And Narcan Kit

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering free training to community members on the use of intranasal naloxone, a medicine to reverse an opioid overdose, and a free naloxone (Narcan) kit. December training sessions will be held at Department of Health sites in Annapolis and Glen Burnie on the following dates:

Behavioral Health Building

122 North Langley Road, Glen Burnie

Friday, December 14, from 10:00am to 11:00am

Health Services Building

3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis

(Use Front Entrance)

Thursday, December 27, from 10:00am to 11:00am

To register and for more information, call 410-222-1937 on weekdays.

Department Of Health Offers Healthy Holidays Tips And Free Information Kits For Pregnant Mothers And Babies

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is working to promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies by offering tips on travel safety, home safety and healthy eating during the holidays. Tips are available on the “Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies” webpage at www.aahealthybabies.org or by calling 410-222-7223.

Travel Safety:

  • Always use a child car safety seat that is installed correctly and is appropriate for the child’s height and weight. By Maryland law, all children under 8 years old must ride in a car safety seat unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches.

Home Safety:

  • Always provide a safe sleep environment for infants and young children. Infants should never sleep on a chair, sofa, adult bed or with other people. Infants should be placed on their backs in a crib or portable crib without blankets, stuffed animals or pillows. Remember the ABCs of safe sleeping – Alone, on their Backs, in a safe Crib.
  • Closely supervise children at all times when visiting other people’s homes. Make sure that poisons, medicine and household cleaners are secured and out of children’s sight and reach.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke, which is dangerous for pregnant women and infants.

Healthy Eating:

  • Pregnant women and other family members should maintain a healthy diet. Eat fruit and vegetables, and cook with fat-free or low-fat substitutes.
  • Drink plenty of water, 100 percent juice and low-fat milk. Avoid sugary drinks.
  • To avoid foodborne illnesses, check expiration dates on all food. Do not eat foods that have been sitting out more than two hours and use leftovers within four days.

The Department of Health offers free Healthy Pregnancy and Baby Care Kits to Anne Arundel County residents. Kits can be ordered at www.aahealthybabies.org or by calling 410-222-7223.

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