Medication Disposal

The next drive-thru medication and sharps collection is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot (near the Swim Center).

Bring us your prescription and over-the-counter medication (pet meds too!) as well as your needles, syringes, EpiPens, vitamins, patches, inhalers, vaping devices (with batteries removed), and much more. When in doubt, bring it.

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Adult volunteers:

Student volunteers:

Thank you.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, volunteers at HC DrugFree’s site collected 1,157 lbs. of medication (40 bins) in 4 hours. In addition, we collected 21 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, partners, and funders. Our next collection will be held approximately 6 months.

Commemorative video for HC DrugFree’s Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Collection in Columbia, MD on April 30, 2022.

We hope you enjoyed our 2-for-1 event:

#1: Drive-thru medication and sharps collection

#2: Tour trailer to see where drugs can be hidden in plain sight

Parents, grandparents, educators, or any adults were invited to join us to tour a 30 foot trailer set up to simulate a young person’s bedroom and bathroom and learn some of the places drugs can be hidden in plain sight as well as other potential signs of drug use. Free.

Thank You Volunteers!
HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, DEA ASAC Orville O. Greene, MD’s U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Board Members Dr. Andrew Angelino and Dr. Brian Morrison, and MD’s Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
Certificate of Recognition for HC DrugFree’s annual Drug and Alchohol Awareness Month
1,157 lbs. of medication (40 white bins) plus 21 red bins of sharps were collected
For all HC DrugFree events, check this website for COVID and other updates. However, 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 top of our Homepage.

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