Leftovers (meds, not food...)

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by Jedrnurse Jedrnurse, BSN, RN Member Nurse

Specializes in school nurse. Has 30 years experience.

arlingtonnurse

90 Posts

There is a medication drop site at our police station I drop them off at.

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing. 3,019 Posts

1 hour ago, arlingtonnurse said:

there is a medication drop site at our police station I drop them off at.

I drop the pills at a med disposal at CVS usually. Epi-pens go into my sharps and dropped off with my sharps (which, interestingly enough, I drop off a needle drop off site at a local recovery center about 2 miles from my school).

I do hold a couple of expired Epi-pens to do my Epi-pen admin demo for my staff (Stick real Epi pen in plastic container to show how the real one works).

MHDNURSE

Specializes in Pediatrics, Community Health, School Health. Has 26 years experience. 698 Posts

The local police station takes all of ours.  They have specific rules- like pills need to be out of the bottles and all dumped into one plastic bag, etc.  Each nurse made sure everything was done correctly with another nurse and nurse leader as a witness and then we took them to the police station.

k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics, school nursing. Has 11 years experience. 631 Posts

Same as above; Only thing I'll add is that we document that families were informed about picking up meds before the end of the school year and never showed up or that they asked that we dispose of them (this usually only happens with expired epi-pens).

ihavealltheice

198 Posts

4 hours ago, arlingtonnurse said:

there is a medication drop site at our police station I drop them off at.

same

BettyGirard, BSN

Specializes in School Nurse. 152 Posts

Yep, our police (well Sheriffs Office) has one as well, but our SRO is kind enough to transport the stuff for us to wherever it goes so we don't cram their rather smallish box full with my stuff.

KKEGS, MSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience. 723 Posts

One of our RNs drives around to all of the schools on the last day with one of our resource officers. She collects it all and it is turned over to the police for disposal with the county. We also inform families that if they don't come pick up the meds on the last day we will dispose of them. 

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Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma. 5 Articles; 4,418 Posts

16 hours ago, KKEGS said:

One of our RNs drives around to all of the schools on the last day with one of our resource officers. She collects it all and it is turned over to the police for disposal with the county. We also inform families that if they don't come pick up the meds on the last day we will dispose of them. 

I pretty much do the same.  Anything not picked up is taken to the PD for disposal at the end of the year.  They won't take our epipens, but the local hospital will.  

AdobeRN

1,281 Posts

Our Risk Mgmt department takes care of disposing the meds.  We bag up at end of the year and someone from the department makes their rounds to all the schools and collects the meds and disposes them. 

So wasteful....some years it makes me sick thinking of the expensive meds we are tossing - just from my own experience having an allergy/asthma kiddo with crappy health insurance - those inhalers and Epipens were not cheap. 

 

arlingtonnurse

90 Posts

21 hours ago, AdobeRN said:

So wasteful....some years it makes me sick thinking of the expensive meds we are tossing - just from my own experience having an allergy/asthma kiddo with crappy health insurance - those inhalers and Epipens were not cheap. 

Agree with this.  So many inhalers that were never touched... so many epipens, it fills a whole sharps container.  I wish we could just keep some in stock.  I think about 15% of my inhalers get used.  And so far (three years in) 0% of my epi

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 45 years experience. 1,784 Posts

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