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Injecting Insulin at a Restaurant

Other Options: Pens and Pumps

If you are in a position where you will frequently have to inject insulin outside the privacy of your home, you may consider some other options. One option is using an insulin pen instead of a needle and syringe. These pens can be used so quickly and discreetly that no one may even notice.
 
Others may consider an insulin pump, which makes insulin delivery much less noticeable. However, insulin pumps can be a bit pricey for some. Other people may simply prefer the injections to having a pump.
 

What Should I Do With the Needles?

Regardless if you are at home or out in public, it's important to safely dispose of needles (regular needles, syringes, or pen needles), lancets, and test strips. Never place used needles, syringes, lancets, or test strips in the trash can where someone might poke themselves or come into contact with your blood.
 
The best and safest way to dispose of these items is to put them in a sharps disposal container immediately. Some public places, including some restaurants, may have a sharps container where you can safely dispose of these items.
 
However, if you cannot find a sharps container, you may need to recap the needle until you have the opportunity to properly dispose of it. You may also use a needle clipper, which clips the needle from the syringe and safely retains it within the clipper. 
 
If you aren't sure if there will be a sharps container where you are going, you can also purchase small containers that are specifically approved to store your sharps and test strips. Other options may include bringing a hard plastic or metal leak-proof, puncture-resistant container that has a tight-fitting or screw-top lid. You can then properly dispose of your sharps and test strips when you return home.
 
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