Injectable HRT used syringes & needles

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    Michelle Lawson
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    My mother has used injectable medicines for years, so when my doctor switched me from pills to injections, my mother told me that I needed a ‘sharps container’ to dispose of my used needles and syringes. You apparently don’t just throw them out in your normal trash. I’m sure there are many reasons why you don’t, given these days and times. And besides, if there are approved disposal containers, why not use them. I get mine for free from the local hospital. Now, I do not know what the laws are, or what your doctor’s guidance is, but I think it is something to be considered. I just wanted to pass this tidbit along….. Hope everyone is well and safe, Michelle

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      Emily Alt
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      I’ve been told if a sharps container isn’t available, it’s acceptable to put needles and syringes into a rigid plastic container, such as an empty laundry detergent bottle.  When the container is 2/3 full, securely close the top, label it as a sharps container, and dispose according to community guidelines.  Obviously a designated sharps container should always be your first choice.

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        Michelle Lawson
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        Emily, excellent idea. I’m not sure what the rules are around here, but since my mom gets them from the hospital, I’ll continue with that. But those big Tide pod containers sound good too. Thanks, Michelle

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      DeeAnn Hopings
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      My arthritis medication, Enbrel, comes in injectable form. It looks a lot like an Epi-Pen that is used for folks as an immediate drug (epinephrine) for people who have severe food allergy reactions or allergic reactions to insect bites, etc. My hometown has a free Sharps Container program and they also dispose of it when the container is full. It is about the size of a 12-pack of beer bottles and I also deposit my glucose test strips and lancets in it. At one dose per week it does take a while to fill up. The pens are slightly larger than an old fountain pen. Of the 3 sizes offered, I got the largest container as I am not often near where the collection center is and it would have to be a special trip. It is only open once a week for 90 minutes…

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