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DEA New England Field Division collects over 46 tons of prescription drugs, vaping items during Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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The final tally is in from the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26, 2019. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division and its partners, over the course of four hours, collected 92,875 pounds or over 46 tons of expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs, electronic vaping devices and cartridges at 606 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.

“Thanks to the public 46 tons of unwanted, expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs, electronic vaping devices, and cartridges have now been taken out of harm’s way across New England,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.

“These events are 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.”

The following is a breakdown of collected weights in pounds for the six New England States:

CT – 6,958 lbs
MA – 30,959 lbs
ME – 31,180 lbs
NH – 12,266 lbs
RI – 4,778 lbs
VT – 6,734 lbs
Total: 92,875 lbs

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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