Medication Disposal

Thank you for attending our medication and sharps collection on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Our volunteers collected 1,223.5 lbs. of medication (43 bins) in 4 hours. In addition, we collected 24 bins of sharps not included in the weight. The next drive-thru medication and sharps collection will be held in the spring on the National Drug Take Back Day. Enjoy our event slideshow!

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, partners, and funders.

Get a feel for what HC DrugFree’s Medication & Sharps Collection event was like on October 28, 2023. We love the sense of community as we work together to keep Howard County safer.
HC DrugFree’s many friends, volunteers, and supporters, ready to get to work on National Drug Take Back Day – October 28, 2023
A happy team at the end of National Drug Take Back Day – October 28, 2023

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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