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DEA New England and Partners Collect Over 44 Tons of Drugs During Take Back Day

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in announcing that DEA New England and its partners collected 89,366 lbs. of drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27, 2019.  The following is a breakdown of collected weights for the six New England states:

Maine – 27,680 lbs.

Massachusetts – 28,117.5 lbs.

New Hampshire – 14,180 lbs.

Connecticut – 8,361.8 lbs.

Vermont – 6,562 lbs.

Rhode Island – 4,465 lbs.

Last October, during its 16th Take Back Day, the DEA New England collected 80,278 pounds, or 40 tons, of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at 613 collection sites throughout New England.  In Maine, last October, 27,516 pounds of drugs were collected.

Since its inception in September 2010, Maine has collected 404,698 lbs. of drugs; the most, per capita, in the United States.


Donald E. Clark
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated May 6, 2019