National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Patients and Community Members Join Johns Hopkins in the Fight Against Drug Misuse!

Johns Hopkins Medicine participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Drive up and drop off unused or expired prescription medications and our staff will dispose of them for you safely. See participating locations below.

Upcoming Event

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year in the spring and fall. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This event provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of medications.

This event is open to employees, patients and the public. The participating sites include:

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center — Green Spring Station
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Suburban Hospital

Event Quick Facts

Over 1,000 Pounds of Medication

Collected in the April 2023 Take-Back Day Event.

491 Community Members

Brought their unused or expired medication in the April 2023 event.

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8,657 Total Pounds

Total medication collected and disposed of through Johns Hopkins Take-Back Day events and pharmacy take-back bins.

Seven Participating Locations

Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center

Main Entrance
5755 Cedar Ln
Columbia, MD 21044
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Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Outpatient Care Clinic
601 5th St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Blue Awning Entrance
4940 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center — Green Spring Station, Lutherville

Between Pavilion I & Pavilion II
10755 Falls Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
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Sibley Memorial Hospital

5255 Loughboro Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Suburban Hospital

8600 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Front entrance of Suburban's north building

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Outpatient Circle Drive
601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
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Another Way to Dispose of Medication

You don’t have to wait for a Drug Take-Back event to dispose of unwanted medication. Johns Hopkins Pharmacies offer patients and the community a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused and expired medications throughout the year.

Misuse statistics

  • 289%


    The increase in the number of opioid deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 69.7%


    Of the 422,605 overdose deaths between 2011 and 2021, 69.7% were males.

  • 1 in 22


    By 2021, 1 of every 22 deaths in the US was attributable to unintentional opioid deaths.

Past Drug Take-Back Events

Browse past event photos that show the impact of Drug Take-Back Day on the community.

Bayview volunteers work together at the booth
Greenspring volunteers
Greenspring 2022 volunteers
Sibley 2022 volunteers with security
All Children's Hospital Volunteers set up for the day
Drug take back day volunteers
Box of donated medications
Bayview 2022 volunteers at the table
Johns Hopkins Hospital volunteers
Howard County volunteers