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DEA New England collects over 46 tons of prescription drugs; Maine tallies 2nd most drugs

May 02, 2021

Boston — The final tally is in from the 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 24. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division and its partners, over the course of four hours, collected 92,282.73 pounds or over 46 tons of expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs, electronic vaping devices and cartridges at 565 collection sites throughout New England.

This is in comparison to the first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in September 2010, when the division collected 25,810 pounds of unwanted drugs.

In Maine, people turned in 27,340 pounds of drugs, devices and cartridges, close behind Massachusetts with 30,386.20 pounds. New Hampshire weighed in with 13,149 pounds, Connecticut with 9,690, Vermont with 7,165.03 and Rhode Island with 4,552.50 pounds.

“Everything we do is geared toward protecting American families and communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Thanks to the public over 46 tons of unwanted, expired, unused, prescription drugs have now been taken out of harm’s way across New England.

"The event is only made possible through the hard work of our law enforcement, coalitions and community partners and DEA thanks each and every one of them for their efforts in making this initiative a huge success.”



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Comments (1)
Posted by: Paul Sheridan | May 03, 2021 11:01

Mainers also understand the value of our clean waters!  Never flush unneeded drugs.  You can take year-round to Sheriff's Office, Belfast, off Miller St.

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