Howard County collects 1,030 pounds of medication at National Take Back event

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County police collected 1,030 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications April 26, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Initiative.

It was the largest amount ever collected since the county began participating in the event four years ago.

Howard County hosted 10 collection sites on Saturday. Residents anonymously dropped off medications for free disposal with no questions asked. Police did not inventory the contents. The collection containers were sealed and given to the DEA for proper disposal.

Approximately 950 pounds of medications were collected during the last drug Take Back Initiative event, held in October 2013. Collection days are held twice a year.

The National Take Back Initiative aims to reduce instances of prescription drug poisonings, misuse, abuse and theft. It also provides an environmentally safe disposal method.

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