Howard County police collected 256 pounds of unused, unwanted medications in four hours Saturday.
The county's two police stations accepted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., part of a National Take Back Initiative to reduce poisonings, misuse and theft, while also keeping people from flushing drugs down the toilet. Police did not examine the items, but sealed them and weighed them for disposal by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA said there were 4,094 collection locations nationwide and nearly 3,000 law enforcement organizations participated.
Officials said that if no drop-off is available, people should remove unused prescription drugs from their container, mix them with an undesirable substance like cat litter or used coffee grounds, put it into a disposable container with a lid such as a used margarine tub, remove any personal information from empty bottles and put it all in the trash.