Disposing of Expired EpiPens

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By Linda-Jo on Thu, 09-25-03, 13:06

How do you dispose of expired EpiPens? Either with the needle exposed or without the needle exposed?

I know you can use them to practice with on an orange or something, but then what? Where we live, we can't put them in the trash and our pharmacy gives me a hard time every time I bring them back and ask them to dispose them.

Thanks!

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By Codyman on Thu, 09-25-03, 13:39

We bring them back to the Pharmacy!

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By Anne Parrish on Thu, 09-25-03, 13:43

Someone suggested to me that I should put an old wine cork on the needle & then put the whole thing in a sealed plastic bag before going in the trash. I thought that was a great idea & have been doing it that way ever since.

Anne

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By maggie0303 on Thu, 09-25-03, 14:21

Sometimes your local fire department will take them for you. We hold on to ours until our next visit to the doctor and then bring them with us.

Maggie

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By attlun on Thu, 09-25-03, 15:52

When we had to use the epi, amid all that happened, I forgot to grab it before the ambulance arrived. Later, I just stuck the end of it into something (don't remember what) wrapped it in some tape, put it in a baggie then a little box, and then threw it in the garbage.

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Trevor 8/6/01
Harmony 1/22/03

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By e-mom on Thu, 09-25-03, 16:21

I used expired epis to show other people what it would be like if you had to use it.

After using it, I carefully bend the needle, so no one will ever get stuck with it, put it back into it's original container, wrap it in newspaper or something similar and in the trash it goes.

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By Heather2 on Thu, 09-25-03, 16:29

I put them in the sharps bin at the pediatrician's office.

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By jh5000 on Thu, 09-25-03, 16:52

I put a penny in the bottom of the plastic tube, then put the spent epi-pen in the tube, THEN I put it in an empty laundry or dishwasher detergent container (you know, the hard plastic liquid detergent containers).

Jackie

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By ajinnj on Thu, 09-25-03, 17:49

I do the same thing as e-mom

Allison

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By WoozerMom on Sat, 09-27-03, 03:43

My husband is newly diabetic, and diabetics use both lancets and needles. I just went through training about 10 days ago. This is what I was told to do.

Use an old bleach bottle or something similar. Drop the needle or lancet into the bottle when disposing of it. Recap each use. Keep the bottle in a safe place where no one can access it. When the bottle is filled, recap the bottle, and seal it with duct tape. Then toss in the regular garbage.

An alternative is a large coffee can with a plastic top. Cut an X in the top to insert needles and lancets. Seal the top on with duct tape. When completely filled, seal the opening and dispose of this in the regular garbage.

I thought they were really helpful to give me this information. I used to own restaurants, and periodically we would find syringes discarded in our trash can. Dangerous!

By the way, and a little off topic, the last time I flew, they noticed I had needles in my purse, so I produced the note from my doctor and had no further problem.

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By becca on Sat, 09-27-03, 14:30

When I was injecting myself with fertility meds, they basically told me to do the same as WoozerMom. They suggested a soad bottle, then recapping, and duct taping the top. With the epi, I tried one in an orange(since I am fortunate enough to have never used one) and was shocked when it went right through the bottom of its original container. So, I put the needle in a cork, then in the soda bottle. But I do have a *ton* of expired ones around right now. I hid them in my bathroom closet so they are never mixed up with the good ones. Thus, I forget to bring them to the doctor to discard every time!

I like the penny idea. I might just put a penny in each one and throw them all in the soda bottle and the trash.

I will start a new topic for the next question I have. becca

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By MommaBear on Sat, 09-27-03, 15:11

does anyone know what it feels like to have an "exposure"? [i]how long this feeling may last??[/i] Particularly to an unknown needle? Maybe it's just the experience of a relatively small portion of the population.

does anyone know what protocols may possibly be implemented with an "exposure"? Maybe it's just the experience of a relatively small portion of the population.

glass can break, seals can become loose, curiosity can get the better of some persons.

interesting link:

[url="http://www.safeneedledisposal.org/Background%20Information.html"]http://www.safeneedledisposal.org/Background%20Information.html[/url]

in some cases laws may even exist to protect individuals, increase safety, and possibly prevent accidents. Some in our PA community ask compliance with certain measures to increase safety for certain individuals.

Disclaimer: I do not guarantee the accuracy, content, or currentness of the link in this post.

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By sillyfeline on Sun, 09-28-03, 01:53

i used to just fire them into fruit and toss em, but now im thinking maybe i should take em to work and drop them into a biohazard bin unused (i work in a nursing home).

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By Connielynn on Sun, 09-28-03, 03:16

Use them on people who don't believe in peanut allergy and like to make our lives a living hell???hum.......just a thought!

Not really.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]:

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By becca on Sun, 09-28-03, 13:55

MB, I do understand the fear and anxiety associated with accidental exposures(sticks) with an unknown needle, but not through *personal* experience, thankfully. That is why I still have all my expired epis in the house, still, including the one corked in the soda bottle!

Your link is interresting, but does not actually say how they should be properly disposed.

I think I should bring them to a hospital or doctor office and have them put in the sharps bin. I hope at least that way, they end up in an obviously labelled bundle of biohazardous waste. becca

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By MommaBear on Sun, 09-28-03, 14:28

Quote:Originally posted by becca:
[b]

Your link is interresting, but does not actually say how they should be properly disposed.

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There is a list of resources according to state within the link (you have to do some clicking), if I remember correctly. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Had several exposures in my life and PPP has evolved over the years regarding it. Have spoke with persons recently who have been offered "options" with regard to possible prophylactic intervention. And of course, there is the follow up necessary in such situations. Again PPP is possibly is updated and may change over time.

PS...... Do you see any similarities between this and non-PA parents who feel they are doing the "right" thing with regard to PA?

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By solarflare on Sun, 09-28-03, 21:21

I just noticed that the ladies restroom in the lobby of our local hospital has a sharps disposal unit. I was thinking of just dropping Jason's expired epi-pens in there.

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Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (11/02 dairy sensitive)

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Joey 8
Allie 5 mfa milk/pn/tn
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By StaceyK on Sun, 09-28-03, 21:36

At the food allergy seminar I attended, they showed us how to bend the needle back all the way so it is folded along the body of the tube, using the ground, and then put them back in the yellow tube. They also did something with a penny in the end but I still don't know what that was ~

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By MommaBear on Sun, 09-28-03, 23:20

Quote:Originally posted by StaceyK:
[b]At the food allergy seminar I attended, they showed us how to bend the needle back all the way so it is folded along the body of the tube, using the ground, and then put them back in the yellow tube. They also did something with a penny in the end but I still don't know what that was ~[/b]

many of the sharps I use in my line of work have built in "safety features". Like attached flip or slide covers that shield the needle after use. [i]We are still[/i] required/expected to dispose of them in approved sharps/biohazard waste containers that will be directed through channels of approved disposal.

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By StaceyK on Mon, 09-29-03, 12:25

I think in the context of the seminar...she was having us bend back the needle, etc., to then give to the paramedics when they arrived. I never thought about what to do with old epis. So far, we just store them.

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By Emmysmomma on Tue, 09-30-03, 21:23

Whenever I have expired epi-pens, I give them to Em's teachers to practice with. Then we all feel a bit more comfortable. I also bend back the needle and place it needle-down into the original container and box.
Patty

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By MommaBear on Wed, 10-01-03, 03:30

Quote:Originally posted by Emmysmomma:
[b]Whenever I have expired epi-pens, I give them to Em's teachers to practice with. Then we all feel a bit more comfortable. I also bend back the needle and place it needle-down into the original container and box.
Patty[/b]

[b]?[/b]

It is my understanding there are epipen trainers available. I also have one. Mine does not have a sharp.

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By MommaBear on Thu, 10-02-03, 14:13

[url="http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-garbage02.html"]http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-garbage02.html[/url]

timely article.

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