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DEA New England collects nearly 30 tons of prescription drugs

By Greg Smith

Publication: theday.com

Published May 02. 2013 6:00PM   Updated May 02. 2013 6:11PM

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday that nearly 30 tons of unwanted prescription medications, 6,718 pounds in Connecticut, were collected from sites across New England at last weekend's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

In its sixth year, the collection is aimed at giving people a chance to toss unwanted medications.

Nationwide, the DEA says 742,497 pounds, or 371 tons, of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event.

When added to the collections from DEA's previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds, or 1,409 tons, of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

Maine led the New England states with 22,260 pounds of medication collected.

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