Howard County police announced Monday that 1,030 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected Saturday, April 25, at a drug take back event.
Police said the sum was the largest amount collected since the county started hosting collections four years ago. Last October, the county collected 950 pounds at an event.
On Saturday, police held 10 collection sites across the county. At each site, residents anonymously dropped off unwanted, unused or expired medications for free disposal with no questions asked.
The event is part of a national effort called the National Take Back Initiative, which aims to reduce instance of prescription drug poisonings, abuse and theft while offering an environmentally safe disposal method, police said.
Police hold two take back events a year.