Jacqueline M. Duda Bio

Jacqueline M. Duda is a freelance health writer in the Washington, D.C. area. She specializes in writing about diabetes, autoimmune disease, cancer, mental health, and many other health topics. In addition to dLife, some of her recent articles appear in Woman’s Day, Costco Connection, and The New Physician, as well as the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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by Brenda Bell
Under New Jersey's sanitation laws, syringe needles (sharps) need to be treated as hazardous biological waste. Lancets, like the straight pins and needles we use for garment sewing, do not. Still, the potential for secondary damage (to bathroom attendants, cleaning personnel, and sanitation workers) from these small sharps is non-neglible. While there's no "prick-safe" method of disposing of the needles I break sewing an average costume, standard lancets...