Howard County Drug Take Back

From left Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director HC DrugFree; Ellen Flynn Giles, Board of Education; Brian Meshkin, Board of Education and Proove Biosciences, Inc. and Howard County Police officer at HC DrugFree Drug Take Back Day site Oct. 26. (Provided by HC DrugFree / October 28, 2013)

Howard County police said they collected 862 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative, according to a news release.

Police said they hosted 10 collection sites throughout the county from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 where residents anonymously dropped off medications for free disposal with no questions asked.

Police did not inventory the contents, and the collection containers were sealed and given to the DEA for proper disposal, according to police

According to police, 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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According to a news release from HC DrugFree, Saturday's event was the largest single amount that Howard County has collected since its inception.