Medication Disposal

Save the date: The next convenient drive-thru Medication and Sharps collection is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check back here as we get closer to April to confirm COVID guidelines and other updates. The easiest way to receive all our updates with collection dates, instructions, COVID guidance, etc., is to sign up for our free electronic newsletter at the bottom of our Homepage. If you have questions, please email

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, HC DrugFree collected 1,106 lbs. of medication (34 bins) in 4 hours at our drive-thru site. In addition, we collected 19 bins of sharps. Thank you to the Howard County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for guarding and transporting all medications to keep our community safe. Thank you to all our volunteers. Our next collection is expected to be held in April 2022.

Commemorative video for HC DrugFree’s Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Collection in Columbia, MD on October 23, 2021.
Thank You Volunteers!
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball issued a Certificate of Recognition for National Medicine Abuse Month. On behalf of the County Executive, Kim Pruim presented Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi with the Certificate at HC DrugFree’s drive-thru medication and sharps collection on National Drug Take Back Day.
Members of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council
HC DrugFree’s Leadership Team

On Saturday April 24, 2021, HC DrugFree set a new record with 1,494.5 lbs. of medication and 36 bins of sharps in 4 hours at our drive-thru site.

Pictured to left of HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, sharps (red and few white bins). To right of Joan, 1,494.5 lbs. of medication in white bins.
County Executve Calvin Ball, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford
HC DrugFree’s Board Secretary, Dr. Brian Morrison, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore District Office, Orville Greene, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of MD, Jonathan Lenzner
The HC DrugFree Team of Volunteers
Commemorative video for HC DrugFree’s Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Collection in Columbia, MD on April 24, 2021.

At HC DrugFree’s drive-thru collections, we take all prescription & over-the-counter medication, sharps (needles, syringes & EpiPens) & vapes. Also, Howard County has 4 medication disposal boxes FOR PILLS ONLY at police sites: 

  • Northern Police District Station, 3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, 21043
  • Southern District Station, 11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, 20723
  • Gary Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, 21723 (Call the Center to confirm if accepting medication.)
  • Community Outreach Building, 10741 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, 21044. (During COVID, may not accept medication.)

If you have sharps (needles, syringes and EpiPens), contact HC DrugFree’s office. Do NOT put them in the boxes. Thank you for keeping us all safe

Previous Collection Results Here