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EpiPen Disposal

EpiPen

How do you dispose of EpiPens if expired or used?

The answer is not simple. Epinephrine is a prescription drug that is administered by needle injection; also known as an auto-injector. Some examples are: EpiPen and Twinject. Needles are considered hazardous waste; there are regulations for the disposal of sharp objects. Regulations vary, but many areas prohibit placement in household waste either due to the presence of medication, a needle, or both.

Where should I dispose of my EpiPens?

Unfortunately, the answer varies depending on where you are located. Some of the possible options are:

  • Physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies often have safe sharp disposal bins. Some, but not all, will accept EpiPens for disposal
  • Designated collection sites that accept needles etc. These may be physician offices, hospitals, community centers, police or fire stations.
  • Hazardous waste centers that accept used needles etc.
  • Nurses’ offices at schools sometimes use expired EpiPens for training. They will then take care of safe disposal.
  • Mail back programs; they are very expensive, and only useful if you have a lot of needles.

Who should I contact for more information?