Medication/Drug Disposal Options

UMB recommends that you dispose of any unused or unwanted prescription medications and drugs via an authorized drug take back program. In addition to the options listed below, you can contact your county health department, local police department, or a retail pharmacy to learn about additional drug disposal locations.  The FDA website provides information regarding medicines that can be flushed; however, we would encourage you to dispose of medications and drugs using a take-back program as a more environmentally sustainable option.   

UMB Police Department & Generation Rx Drug Take Back Days

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department collaborates with Generation Rx in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) in the School of Pharmacy to provide a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back Initiative twice a year. UMBPD holds a Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April and October each year, which coincides with the DEA National Take Back Initiative. Members of the UMB community can turn in unused or expired medications for safe disposal during one of the Drug Take-Back Days. For additional information, please contact Sgt. John R. Jones at jrjones@police.umaryland.edu or 410-706-5548.  

Baltimore County Department of Health & Baltimore County Police Department Drug Take Back Program

The Baltimore County Department of Health and the Baltimore County Police Department have a drug "take back" program in Baltimore County. With a grant from the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, drug drop boxes  have been installed at all 10 police precincts. The drug drop boxes are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit the Baltimore County Department of Health website  for additional information.  

University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Pharmacies

The three outpatient pharmacies in the University of Maryland Medical System have secure collection drop boxes for unwanted, expired and unused medications. The drop boxes are for general public use, and are not restricted to individuals who have medications dispensed through the University system. Contact the Weinberg Pharmacy (first floor – main hospital) at 410-328-5233, the University Pharmacy at Redwood (corner of Redwood and Paca) at 410-328-5243, or the Midtown Campus Pharmacy (821 N. Linden Ave.) at 410-856-3650 for additional information. 

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Visit the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Disposal website  to search for additional locations where prescription medications and other drugs can be disposed.