WHO Raises Red Flag On Reuse Of Syringes

February 24, 2015 12:14 AM

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WHO Raises Red Flag On Reuse Of Syringes

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization says the reuse of needles on patients is driving the global spread of deadly diseases like Hepatitis and HIV. That's why the WHO is urging doctors and hospitals to switch to smart syringes, which intentionally break after the first use.

"Once you push down on the plunger to inject, it actually will block or break so that you can't actually use it a second time," Lisa Hedman at the WHO's headquarters in Geneva tells ABC News.

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