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Table 2 Primary locations for disposal of used syringes among a sample of people who inject drugs before and after the opening of a supervised injecting facility in Copenhagen, Denmark ( n= 41)

From: Self-reported changes in drug use behaviors and syringe disposal methods following the opening of a supervised injecting facility in Copenhagen, Denmark

Disposal mechanism/site Before SIF opened n (%) After SIF opened n (%)
Returned to the needle exchange (or SIF) 14 (34.1) 36 (87.8)
Put them in an outdoors sharps container 19 (46.3) 8 (19.5)
Put them in their own sharps container 11 (26.8) 6 (14.6)
Threw them in the garbage 23 (56.1) 5 (12.2)
Dropped them on the ground 5 (12.2) 0 (0.0)
Gave them to another user 2 (4.9) 0 (0.0)
Flushed them down the toilet 4 (9.8) 0 (0.0)
Other 3 (7.3) 0 (0.0)
  1. Note: n’s do not sum to 41 and proportions do not sum to 100% because participants may have identified more than one location as primary site of used syringe disposal.
  2. Note: all data collected between February and August, 2013.