More than a quarter of a ton of unused medication was collected Saturday, April 28 by Howard County police as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take-Back Initiative.

This year's turnout, which brought in 506 pounds of unwanted or expired medication, "was the largest we have ever had," said Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the county Police Department.

The initiative allows people to safely and anonymously get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicine.

Police set up eight drop-off locations in Columbia, Ellicott City and North Laurel.

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This was the fourth drop-off day in Howard County since October 2010. The first three events brought in a combined 1,000 pounds of medication, according to department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.