Dispose Those Expired EpiPens Safely

I have a little bag filled with expired Epipens. While I love the trick of practicing by using a real (expired) injector in a piece of fruit, like an orange, I'm never sure what to do with them after that. The local pharmacies don't seem to want them and while our allergist will dispose of them, I seem to have trouble remembering to bring them when we have an appointment.

Well, the FDA has stepped in and now offers do's and don't's, along with instructions on how and where to dispose of them. Of course the needles should not be put in recycling, trash, or flushed down the toilet, but many communities now offer disposal programs.

Check out your state's laws on needle disposal or call the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal at 1-800-643-1643 for further assistance.

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