I’m deep into spring cleaning (yes, right before the onset of summer) and have a stockpile of expired EpiPens and Auvi-Qs to get rid of. But what should you do with them?
1. Keep the auto-injectors in their protective cases. Even if you’ve used them, return them to their cases to safeguard anyone who may handle them after that.
2. Do not throw epinephrine auto-injectors in the trash. Since they contain needles, that may be considered a “medical sharp” which poses a safety hazard to sanitation workers and the environment.
3. So where should they go?
- The best place to bring them is to your nearest hospital or doctor’s office where they likely have proper medical sharp disposal.
- Another great place to try is your local pharmacy. Call ahead to see if they participate in a medical waste disposal program and specifically ask about medical sharps.
- Many towns and cities host Household Hazardous Waste collection drives. Call your local government to find out when a drive will run near you and, again, ask specifically about medical sharps. Our local collection could not accept them but each town has different capabilities.
I think I’m going to set mine aside until I take my son for his regular check up at our allergist’s office. With a toddler in tow, I’m all about making the fewest stops these days!