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October 17th, 2004
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Sharps disposal bins in airport and hotel bathrooms: Friendly accomodation to the self-medicating, or paranoid fear of junkie-infected needles?

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From:crs
Date:October 17th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Why can't it be both?
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From:alphacygni
Date:October 17th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
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The hotel in-room bathroom? Or a public one? The airport suprises me much less.
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From:nathanw
Date:October 17th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Today I only saw one in the public airport bathroom, but it reminded me that I had also seen one in the in-room bathroom in my hotel in Vegas.
From:katybeth
Date:October 17th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
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My guess is it's primarily intended for razor blades.
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From:nathanw
Date:October 17th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure about the Vegas ones, but the airport ones were definitely marked with pictures of hypodermic needles.
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From:cheechako
Date:October 17th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
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paranoid fear.

who accomodates the self-medicating? don't we lock those people up? :P
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From:chenoameg
Date:October 17th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Well, I personally know a over dozen people who need to inject themselves with prescription drugs at least once a week and no needle-using-junkies.

Not that the plural of anecdotes is data :)
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From:ocschwar
Date:October 17th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
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'bout time, too. When you're a janitor and you get jabbed by a needle stickling out of a garbage bag, you get paranoid no matter how clean the guest looked.
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From:awfief
Date:October 18th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
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yes, that was going to be my statement -- it's neither, they're there to prevent being sued by janitors if/when a needle or other sharp object sticks them. Probably unions made the airports put them there.
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From:fes42
Date:October 19th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
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FYI - Diabetics do still travel - they are not under house arrest of anything.
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From:nathanw
Date:October 19th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
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Sure, and they were the major class of self-medicating people I had in mind. That I've only seen these in a very few places is what makes me suspect paranoia on the part of various local populations. I don't know, but would expect that diabetics have well-established ways of safely disposing of their needles that don't depend on the charity of the local public bathrooms.
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