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DEA Announces 23,222 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected During Take-Back Event
Philadelphia Police Department Police Officer/TFO Gregory B. Gillespie (third from left) with fellow members of the Prince Hall Shriners during this past weekend’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During the Philadelphia Division’s event, a total of 23,222 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at 272 collection sites (one of which was hosted by the Shriners) across Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Philadelphia Police Department Police Officer/TFO Gregory B. Gillespie (third from left) with fellow members of the Prince Hall Shriners during this past weekend’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During the Philadelphia Division’s event, a total of 23,222 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at 272 collection sites (one of which was hosted by the Shriners) across Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

SEP 15 (PHILADELPHIA) – Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle announced today that 23,222 pounds of prescription drugs were collected across Pennsylvania and Delaware during the DEA Philadelphia Division’s Prescription Drug Take-Back event this past Saturday, September 12th.  During this year’s event, 3,395 pounds of drugs were collected in Philadelphia County alone, which is the highest amount collected in Philadelphia County during the previous nine Take-Back events. 

A specific breakdown of amounts collected by regions across Pennsylvania, where a total of 15,995 pounds was collected, and Delaware, where a total of 7,227 pounds was collected, is listed below:

Allentown, PA

     1,194.40 lbs.

Dover, DE

     2,753.20 lbs.

Harrisburg, PA

     2,223.90 lbs.

Philadelphia, PA

     3,395.70 lbs.

Pittsburgh, PA

     7,091.00 lbs.

Scranton, PA

     2,090.10 lbs.

Wilmington, DE

     4,474.04 lbs.

The DEA’s 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back event will be held in other states around the country on Saturday, September 26th; the DEA Philadelphia Division hosted its Take-Back event this past weekend in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia the weekend of September 26th. 


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