I don't want to start my own needle exchange
June 26, 2007 1:24 PM Subscribe
What should I do with a large quantity of unused but unneeded insulin syringes?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Health & Fitness (21 answers total)
My cat was diabetic and I gave him twice daily insulin shots with a prescription that I had filled a Walgreen's. The prescription included single-use syringes and I guess they are the same kind that are used for people. My cat died two years ago and I've been carting around the pack of unused syringes ever since. They are still packed 10 to a plastic bag and I have probably about 80 syringes (in 8 packs).
Throwing them in the garbage doesn't seem like a good idea from many perspectives and I really don't want to snap the needle off each one to render it useless before doing so. I've tried calling the pharmacy, they suggested donating to a place like the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. I sent them email and got no response. I'd rather not wander into a park and offer them to the first potential junkie I see but surely there's someone out there who can use them? If it were just the insulin I'd know what to do - it got thrown away a long time ago but I can't figure out how to give them in a responsible manner to someone who might need them. Freecycle? Is it even legal for me to give them to someone else? Is there some cool art project I could do with them?