How to Properly Dispose of Expired Medications

Most of us have medicines that have expired and are now sitting on a shelf in a medicine cabinet collecting dust. Even though these medications might be safely stowed away, the best thing is to make sure you properly dispose of them. It’s vital to take the time to do a yearly clean out and properly dispose of any and all expired, unused, or unwanted medications.

So, how exactly do you properly dispose of your expired medications? There are a few ways to easily do so.

How to Properly Dispose of Expired Medications

If you’re a resident of Anne Arundel County, the Anne Arundel County Police Department has drop boxes at four locations for the safe disposal of unused, expired or unwanted medications. Medications can be dropped off by residents at any time daily at the following four district stations:

  • Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Southern District: 35 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater, Maryland
  • Eastern District: 204 Pasadena Road in Pasadena, Maryland
  • Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road in Odenton, Maryland
  • Anne Arundel County Police Headquarters: 8495 Veterans Highway in Millersville, Maryland

The Maryland State Police also have a drop off box at 6800 Aviation Boulevard in Glen Burnie.

Additionally, the Annapolis Police Department has a medication drop-off box located in the front lobby of the police department at 199 Taylor Avenue. They accept controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances. You can drop off your expired medications Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Remember to remove all personal information from the container of your expired medications before bringing it to a drop off location. Keep in mind that there are certain types of medications that are not accepted in Anne Arundel County. If you’re not sure how to dispose of your medications, more information is available here.