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TOWNSEND — Board of Health administrative assistant Kathleen Spofford said rising concerns over the disposal of hypodermic needles had lead to Townsend participating in a sharps collection program sponsored by the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health.

Residents can use hypodermic needles for a variety of legitimate medical reasons, and oftentimes the used needle is tossed in the trash, said Spofford.

The improper disposal of needles can cause injury and the spread of disease.

On its own, the town doesn’t have “the proper facilities to dispose of needles,” said Spofford.

Special containers for disposing of needles and other “sharps” are available at the Board of Health office in Memorial Hall for $5. The fee include the disposal of the sharps once the container is filled.

The filled containers should be brought to the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health office in Ayer or the Nashoba Nursing Services office in Shirley. Both places accept the containers Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People returning a container can purchase a new one at either drop-off site. Spofford said directions to both sites are available when purchasing one of the containers.

Questions about the program can be directed to Spofford at (978) 597-1713, or Nashoba Boards of Health agent Jim Garreffi at (978) 772-3335, ext. 3018.

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