Howard County Police collected 491 pounds of unwanted, expired prescription and over-the-counter medications last weekend as part of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Initiative, according to a police news release.

Police said the collections were made at eight collection sites throughout the county on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Residents anonymously dropped off medications with "no questions asked," according to police, and the contents were not inventoried.

The collection containers were sealed and given to the DEA for proper disposal.


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Across the state, 37 law enforcement agencies collected approximately 7,500 pounds of unused medications at more than 90 drop-off locations, according to the DEA.

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