February 23, 2015 | Pippa

I was horrified to find out that reusing syringes causes 2 million serious infections across the world each year, including HIV, hepatitis B and C, and even Ebola.

This could all be stopped by switching to smart, single-use syringes that cannot be reused. The World Health Organization hopes that all of the 16 billion injections we get anually will be smart by 2020.

I hope so too, but the smart syringes are more expensive. Given the cost of treating the diseases dirty needles can pass on, it's well worth the investment.

News

85 Likes | No comments

Do you like this story?

Poll

How do you feel about this story?




syringe

The smart syringes either have a retractable needle or the plunger cannot be pulled up after use.

Enlarge

Image: Flickr/Dr P S Sahana

Share your comment

Write as if you were talking to a friend (and maybe in front of your mother!).

Keep it classy, keep it clean and keep your temper.

Comments may be displayed in the gallery as well as on the website - check out our Community Guidelines for more info.

Tags

Popular Posts