Disposal of Expired or Unused Medications (Prescribed or Over-the-Counter)
- Last Updated: 4.27.17
Many individuals need to dispose of expired or unused medications, which have been prescribed by their physician or purchased over-the-counter. Some pharmacies have policies to accept expired or unused medications. The Anne Arundel County Police Department has drop boxes at four locations for the safe disposal of unused, expired or unwanted medications. Residents can drop off medications at anytime daily at the following four district stations: Northern District located at 939 Hammonds Lane in Baltimore, Maryland; Southern District located at 35 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater, Maryland; Eastern District located at 204 Pasadena Road in Pasadena, Maryland; and Western District located at 8273 Telegraph Road in Odenton, Maryland. Maryland State Police also have a drop off box at 6800 Aviation Boulevard in Glen Burnie. There are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. boxes at the Annapolis Police Department, 199 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis and at the Anne Arundel County Police Headquarters, 8495 Veterans Highway in Millersville. In the event that residents encounter controlled dangerous substances other than prescription medications, they should contact the Police Department to have an officer respond to collect those drugs.
If you are unable to dispose of the medications at one of the four district police stations or your pharmacist, follow these recommendations for safely disposing of the medicine:
- Liquids: Pour liquid medication into a plastic bag or a container that can be sealed.
Solids: Put pills, capsules and other solid medication in a plastic bag or container. Water can be added to dissolve them.
- Add in used coffee grounds, kitty litter or some other material that makes the medication less appealing to children and pets to eat.
- Tightly seal the plastic bag or container and dispose of it in the trash for collection by the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works. The County landfills are lined to prevent environmental contamination.
Never dispose of unused or expired medications through your sewer or septic system.
Make sure the children and teens in your home do not have access to your medicine. Here are more tips on how to monitor, secure and dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medicine in your home: Safeguard Medicine in Your Home.
For more information, call the Bureau of Environmental Health, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, at 410-222-7364.
For information about trash collection or landfills, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works at 410-222-6100.