How to Dispose of Expired Auto-Injectors
If your EpiPen is unused or has simply expired, you can usually dispose of it through a community drug take-back programs. Lake County has a Prescription Drug Disposal Box Program. While these are generally intended for controlled medications like opioid drugs, they can be used to dispose of any unused drug.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a registry of authorized drug take-back locations, which you can access through the EPA's online locator.
Some pharmacies also offer on-site drop-off boxes, mail-back programs, and other ways to help you safely dispose of unused medicines. Check with your healthcare provider to see if they will take back and dispose of expired auto-injectors. Also, see What to Do with Used Sharps Needles in Illinois.