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Spring Cleaning: How to Properly Dispose of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors May 19, 2014

Filed under: Health — malawer @ 12:54 pm
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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!


2 Responses to “Spring Cleaning: How to Properly Dispose of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    I’ve got six (!) expired epipens and am planning to have a little “party” for the moms and dads of my three year-old’s friends, where everyone can try using them on oranges. I’m hoping it will make them more comfortable if my daughter starts going on playdates to their houses without her parents tagging along. And of course we will dispose of them carefully as above, after we use them.

    • malawer Says:

      Fantastic idea! I’m going to add to the body if this post because I think every parent would feel more comfortable armed with that experience these days!

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