Southern New Castle County Communities Coalition will host, in conjunction with its community partners, its first community-based sharps disposal day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Middletown Police headquarters, 130 Hampden Road.

The disposal day, sponsored by Choice MedWaste, a local- and family-owned medical waste disposal company, is being held in tandem with the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day, of which MPD is also a collection site April 27. Residents are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and take back unused, unwanted or expired medicines.

Additional statewide locations for DEA Drug Take Back can be found at takebackday.dea.gov. The Middletown Police Department is the only location in Delaware accepting sharps. DEA agents will not handle sharps.

Sharps may include, but are not limited to: needles, syringes, scalpels, slides, coverslips, pipettes and blood tubes. These materials must go through additional handling steps prior to disposal, and sharps represent the highest potential for injury and exposure. Sharps also include anything which is presently sharp, or has the potential to become sharp (if broken, etc.) and can puncture the skin. These items must be packaged in rigid, sealed, puncture-resistant containers for safe handling.

Also available on-site will be free glucose testing provided by Brandywine Counseling & Community Services. Medication lock boxes will be available for the first 100 people.

For more, email sn4cprevention@gmail.com or call 235-9449.