Medication Disposal

Our next prescription and over-the-counter medication and sharps (needles, syringes and EpiPens) drive-thru collection is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia. Howard County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guard and transport all medications to keep our community safe.

No need to remove labels. Leave pills in bottles. Sharps are to be in sharps containers so our volunteers do not get pricked. Do not mix any sharps (needles, syringes or EpiPens) with other medication.

We need medically-trained individuals as well as all adult volunteers!

Adults may volunteer at

High school and middle school student volunteers must submit HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council registration forms and photos by April 15 to receive TAC-specific event updates. Current TAC members may volunteer at

Click here for a printable flier.

Check here for more details as we get closer to April 24.


On October 24, 2020, 1,211.5 lbs or 43 bins of medication collected . Thank you to the Howard County community for another successful drive-thru medication and sharps collection. Howard County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guard and transport all medications and keep our community safe.

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The April 25, 2020 medication and sharps Take Back event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

On October 26, 2019 we set a new record for medications collected at HC DrugFree’s site in 4 hours: 1,262 lbs. Record number of sharps collected too!

Howard County’s Four Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes FOR PILLS ONLY locations (COVID Update: Please contact Howard County Police because COVID restrictions are impacting collections at these locations): 

  • 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