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Supernrse01 has 18 years experience and works as a School nurse.

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I came across this today while browsing my supply catalog and getting things ordered for next year. Any of you familiar with this? I would love to be able to utilize this, as we do not have facilities in place for me to dispose of medications that are not picked up by parents at the end of the year. I'm in Ohio, and I'm trying to research now whether this is something I can use. I'm hoping you guys will have some experience with them too 🙂 

https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.productstewardship.us/resource/collection/3009FD86-6AE4-488D-BFC0-1A4CB91B53AE/NCPA_Dispose_My_Meds_Program__and__Take_Away_Environmental_Return_System_Program.pdf

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SaltineQueen works as a School Nurse.

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Can you just take them to your local police department?  Ours takes meds but not sharps.

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Our police department is across the parking lot. The SRO and I dispose of them there. We also have it worded in our medication policy, that at the end of the year we are allowed to dispose unclaimed medications, you know just to cover.

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BiscuitRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a School Nurse.

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Can you bring them to a local pharmacy?  I know Walgreen's pharmacy will dispose of medications.

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and works as a School nurse firefighter.

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i bring mine to the PD to dispose of.  They don't take sharps either, but the hospital will if i put them in a puncture-proof container like a Tide bottle, which is handy for all of the unspent, expired epipens that I end up with.  I don't want to fill my sharps with that  - i'd fill it in a day.  

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Yes, our local sheriff's office and a few other county locations med disposal boxes.

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I also take mine to the local PD

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We use these bags for our district. We have to count the medication with a witness, document, dispose and send to the health supervisor. They are really cool bags.

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Supernrse01 has 18 years experience and works as a School nurse.

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18 hours ago, SaltineQueen said:

Can you just take them to your local police department?  Ours takes meds but not sharps.

I wish we could but we don't have that option here locally. The closest location is about 35 minutes away.

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Eleven011 has 20+ years experience and works as a School Nurse.

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Can you guys not send medication home with kids?    I have a spot on my medication form where parents can check that they will either pick up their kids medication at the end of the school year or to send it home with them on the last day.    I only have leftover meds if I happen to miss a kid (not here on last day) or they move unexpectedly.  

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience.

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8 minutes ago, Eleven011 said:

Can you guys not send medication home with kids?    I have a spot on my medication form where parents can check that they will either pick up their kids medication at the end of the school year or to send it home with them on the last day.    I only have leftover meds if I happen to miss a kid (not here on last day) or they move unexpectedly.  

I don't ever send meds home with a kid because I do not want the liability if something happens (meds don;t make it home, meds missing from bottle, child takes meds, etc.).

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I will send it home with a student with parent permission, if it is an epi or inhaler (middle school). But no way no how, even if I could, send meds home with a student for ADHD. 

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