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DEA New England Field Division Collects a Record 48 Tons of Prescription Drugs during the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The final tally is in from the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 28th, 2017.  The Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division (NEFD) and its partners, over the course of four hours, collected 96,130 pounds or 48 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at 578 collection sites throughout New England.  This is in comparison to the first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 2010, when the NEFD collected 25,810 pounds of unwanted drugs.  It is estimated that 10% of the drugs collected are opioid pain killers which would represent approximately 9,600 pounds of opioids that are out of medicine cabinets and potentially off our streets.

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