Drug Takeback - Maryland

What to do with Leftover Medicines


Maryland

Follow the links below to find locations for leftover medication take-back in your state. Those with the most information are listed first.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a police station/law enforcement facility.This type of site generally accepts controlled substances.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a pharmacy. This type of site does NOT accept controlled substances.

Maryland State Medical Society

The Maryland State Medical Society provides a list of pharmacies that offer permanent medicine take-back sites. This list can be found under the link "Ongoing take back programs in Maryland” near the bottom of the page. The Maryland State Medical Society, or MedChi, is a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate and resource for physiciand, their patients, and the public health.

Note: Pharmacy and hazardous waste collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances.

Dispose My Meds

By entering your zip code in the search field of this locator tool, you can find over 50 take-back locations at community pharmacies across Maryland. Additionally the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offers Dispose My Meds information and resources to help pharmacies create programs that allow patients to safely dispose of unused and expired medicines. Click here for a full list of NCPA’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Pharmacy collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances.

AWARxE

AWARxE lists several police departments and sheriff’s offices that have permanent medication disposal drop-boxes. AWARxE is a consumer protection program brought to you by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation. ® AWARErx.org is an online resource for information about medicine safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safe purchase of medications on the Internet.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted, and to confirm hours of operation.

The American Medicine Chest Challenge

Use this interactive map tool to find a number of medication take-back locations at law enforcement agencies in Maryland. The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a community based public health initiative, in participation with local law enforcement, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The initiative organizes a nationwide day of pharmaceutical waste disposal on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country. Click here for a list of AMCC’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

Rx Drug Drop Box

This map-based site lists a number of take-back locations at law enforcement agencies across Maryland. Rx Drug Drop Box is a program launched by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), a nonprofit that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

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