When I first started using insulin, I was a bit nervous about going to the pharmacy and asking for syringes. But after doing it a few times, I realized it wasn't as scary as I thought. In fact, most pharmacists are happy to help you get your medication. If one isn't able to help you out right away (and they probably won't be), just ask them how else can get those items at their store or another place nearby!
When you ask for syringes at the pharmacy counter, it's important to choose the right words. Here are some phrases that will make your request clear:
When you're ready to ask for syringes, approach a Walmart employee. If you feel comfortable doing so, ask to speak with someone who works in the pharmacy. A pharmacist or nurse is usually a good choice. This way, they'll have access to whatever syringes are needed and will know what questions to ask in order to provide them as quickly as possible.
If you can't get syringes from Walmart, see if you can get them from a nurse or healthcare professional in your area. You also might ask your pharmacist for help. If that doesn't work out, ask the pharmacist to refer you to a local syringe exchange program that provides clean needles and other resources to injection drug users.
As you prepare to talk to the pharmacy staff, it is important that you are clear about your needs and why they are necessary. If you don't explain this clearly, they may not be able to help you.
First, be specific about the type of syringes you need. Walmart has different kinds of syringes for different purposes and each one comes in a different size:
You can ask for what you need, and you should.
The first step is to be confident and polite when approaching the cashier. You'll be more likely to get what you're looking for if you don't sound like a grumpy jerk. Keep your tone friendly, but also make sure that they know why it's important that they give them to you: "I have diabetes."
You should also make sure that the cashier understands exactly what kind of syringes they are providing before they start ringing up your order. If necessary, write down on your receipt the kind of syringes you need and have the cashier read it back to ensure accuracy (you'd be surprised how often this happens). Finally, if all else fails—and it probably won't—ask again!
First, go to the pharmacy counter. The pharmacist will ask your age if you are under 18 years of age, so be prepared to answer this question. If you don't know your birth date, simply give them a rough estimate and tell them that most people in their twenties would know when they turned 21 (this is true).
Once you've paid for your syringes, place them in a bag or container so that they're not visible from outside of the bag and walk out of the store.
Give your age if you are asked. The person who asks for your age is a Walmart employee and their job is to make sure that syringes are only sold to those over 18 years old. You don't need to give them any personal information other than your age, so just say "I'm over 18" and move on with the rest of your shopping.
If they ask why you need syringes and you don't want to share details about it (maybe it's not something that you want everyone in the store knowing), then simply respond "private use."
You do not have to give them any more information than what was asked of you - even if someone else asks them later!
Pay for the syringes. You can't get them for free, and they're expensive. If you're a student or senior citizen, ask the pharmacy clerk if there are any discounts available—they may be able to waive your co-pay or give you a discount on your total bill (if it's not already covered by insurance).
We hope that you found these tips helpful and that they helped you to overcome any fears or hesitations about asking for syringes at Walmart. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, we're here to help! Just give us a call at 555-555-5555...