How to safely dispose of old medicines or used sharps such as needles and insulin pens

Expired medicines and sharps such as insulin pens for safe disposal

Expired medicines and sharps such as insulin pens for safe disposal

Keeping surplus and expired medication or used sharps at home can be dangerous – they could be found by a child, taken inappropriately, or by the wrong person. Used medical sharps such as needles, lancets and allergy or insulin pens could cause an injury.

None of the above belong in your household rubbish or recycling bins – but you can dispose of them safely through most community pharmacies.

To use the community pharmacy medicines and sharps disposal service:

  • Talk to your community pharmacy first to confirm they support this initiative as it’s voluntary.
  • Ask them how to bring medication or package used sharps so you can take them to your pharmacy and dispose them safely.
  • Note: This service is free for general public in Canterbury.

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Page last updated: 14 February 2019

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