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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 05:05 pm

I know that this might likely have been posted in the past, but I've got a few more EpiPens about to expire and I need to revisit the issue.

How do you dispose of expired EpiPens. I have an ever-growing collection of expired EpiPens and am trying to find a proper way to dispose of them. The pharmacist at Wegmans (in VA) said I can put them in the trash in an empty laundry detergent bottle; that is legal from the info I found on Waste Management's site. So how do you dispose of your EpiPens? BTW, I have yet to find a pharmacy that will take them, and the drug disposal programs operated by the DEA do not take EpiPens.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 05:19 pm

I take them to the doctor's office.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 05:24 pm

Tried that with Dr. Wood's office. Not a possibility.

I might try this.

https://www.thinkgreenfromhome.com/SyringesAndLancets.cfm
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:36 pm

I once donated a bunch of expired epis to the school nurse to use in training. Then she took care of disposal.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:29 pm

Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:36 pm, Momcat wrote:
I once donated a bunch of expired epis to the school nurse to use in training. Then she took care of disposal.


I tried that route a few years ago at DD's school. The nurse said they don't use them in training (which is a little scary).
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:49 pm

From past conversations and my own process --- I stab 'em to drain em'. With the old ones, I'd bend the needle over on concrete and on the new ones...I'm guessing/thinking the needle retracts back in and cannot come back out, yes?

Then I just put them back in their tube and in the trash they go without any of my Rx labels.

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I save them! They are so much better than trainers when training teachers. They can see what the click really feels like and when the epipen looks like after you use it. That is especially important now, since you can no longer see the needle after you use it. I never throw them away. I also used them for dd to practice with when she was first learning. You never know when you will need to train somebody (camp, relative, new teacher, friend or friend`s parent).

ETA: You practice by injecting it into an orange.

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Once your garbage is in the truck, it is never touched by human hands. One or two of them at a time would be exempt from any biohazard waste laws under the small quantities exemption as most hazardous waste is. I would fire them and then do as the pharmacist says and put them in a sturdy container and in what ever waste you have that gets landfilled/incinerated. Don't put it in the recycling bin where human hands SO touch the stuff after its been on the truck.

Its really not a big deal because its really insignificant. I once had a woman call me FREAKING out that her cleaning lady had thrown our a purse with all her jewelry in it and asked if I could please retrieve it for her. Not a snowballs chance in hell in finding one purse in 5500 metric tonnes of waste dumped in a day. Oh yeah I can tell garbage stories like you wouldn't believe.

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 2nd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

My dad practiced with a few of the old ones and put them back in their canisters. The newer ones we've just thrown away.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 3rd, 2011 at 09:03 am

Single stream is *very* common where I live, so our trash/recycling *is* touched by human hands for the sorting. Heck, I think there was a Dirty Jobs episode about one of the regional systems.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:29 pm, maeve wrote:
Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:36 pm, Momcat wrote:
I once donated a bunch of expired epis to the school nurse to use in training. Then she took care of disposal.


I tried that route a few years ago at DD's school. The nurse said they don't use them in training (which is a little scary).


WOW. Our school nurse (at the intermediate school) is/was BEGGING for expired Epis as well as the trainers!
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 17th, 2011 at 02:01 pm

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Injectors should be disposed of at a facility which has a “sharps disposal protocol.” Some pharmacies do have sharps disposal facilities, hospitals have such facilities, and physicians’ offices also have them.

http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2011/09/14/9-things-about-food-allergy-you-might-not-know/?page=2
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 17th, 2011 at 02:16 pm

I used about 10 of them to have our cub scout adult leaders use them on an orange...

then back into the tube and into the garbage - these were all old-style
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