2,178 Pounds of Medication
Collected in the April 2022 Take Back Day event
On Saturday, April 30, 2022, Johns Hopkins Medicine participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sites participating in the event included:
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Howard County General Hospital
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center — Green Spring Station
This most recent event saw record breaking results. Over 530 community members brought 2,178 pounds of their unused or expired medication to this event where the Johns Hopkins Medicine pharmacy team disposed of them safely. In an interview with WBAL, Brandon Kasberg, pharmacist for Johns Hopkins Medicine commented, "A lot of times patients end up throwing them in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet and that's not the safest way of disposal."
These results represent the greatest amount of medications collected since the event began in April, 2019. Safe disposal of these medications makes a significant impact across our communities.
Our next event is scheduled to take place in October, 2022.
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.
Use the secure drug disposal bins located in several Johns Hopkins pharmacies to dispose of your medications safely. Disposal bins are located in the following pharmacies:
These bins are available during the pharmacy’s operational hours. Here is a complete list of acceptable items for disposal in the bins:
Contact your local community’s household hazardous waste department for information on proper disposal of medications not on the list.
The number of Americans 12 or older that began misusing prescription pain relievers between 2020 and 2021.
The estimate of drug overdose deaths in the United States between 2020 and 2021.
The increase in drug overdose deaths from 2020 to 2021 (compared to the year before).
Browse past event photos that show the impact of Drug Takeback Day on the community.