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DEA New England collects over 46 tons of prescription drugs during Drug Take-Back Day

Over a four-hour span, the DEA New England Division collected more than 46 tons of prescription drugs last Saturday

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Editor's note: The above video aired on April 25.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New England Field Division and its partners collected 92,282.73 pounds of unwanted drugs on April 24 for its 20th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The 46 tons of collections included expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs, electronic vaping devices, and cartridges from 565 sites throughout New England. 

In Maine, 27,340 pounds were collected, bringing Maine's all-time total to 479,605 pounds. The first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day happened back in September 2010, when the division collected 25,810 pounds of unwanted drugs.

The collected pounds are broken down by state below: 

  • Connecticut – 9,690 lbs
  • Massachusetts – 30,386.20 lbs
  • Maine – 27,340 lbs
  • New Hampshire – 13,149 lbs
  • Rhode Island – 4,552.50 lbs 
  • Vermont – 7,165.03 lbs