We encourage you to utilize DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative events.
You may donate or drop-off drugs at Prescription Drug Respository and Pharmacy Drop-off Locations approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.
We accept medicine which is expired or not longer needed as trash
Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary.
- Place unwanted or expired medication into a sealable plastic bag or other empty container to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
- Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
- Seal the bag and/or container.
- Put the bag and/or container containing the medication into your regular household trash.
- Remove the label with the patient's name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
- Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can be recycled in your recycling bin, too.
These municipalities have permanent drop-off sites:
Do not dispose of medicine by pouring it down the drain or into a toilet, unless the label or patient instructions specifically advise this.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that a very small list of extremely powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances should be disposed by flushing them down the toilet if these drugs cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. View current FDA list.
How to dispose of unused medicines - United States Food and Drug Administration