Medication Disposal

The next medication and sharps collection will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia.

Free! Fast! Convenient! Open to the public! Stay in your vehicle!

We will accept prescription and over-the-counter medications, sharps (needles, syringes, EpiPens), and more. When delivering, SHARPS must be separate from other medication/items and in designated sharps containers so no one can be pricked.

Parents or guardians may complete waiver and register student volunteers (under 18 years of age) at:

Adults may volunteer at:

Also, please recruit medically-trained adults to assist with the collecting and sorting (pharmacists, EMTs, nurses, doctors, etc.).

We will follow CDC and Howard County COVID guidance regarding social distancing and masks.

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. Thank you to the Howard County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for guarding and transporting all medications to keep our community safe.

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