More than six tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected in Massachusetts during the recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back event, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said today.
The 12,343 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs were collected by 166 agencies at 173 different return sites in the program, which is intended to ensure proper disposal of the medications and keep them out of the reach of youth and abusers.
“This prescription Take Back event was a terrific success, and is just one of the preventative measures that DEA has initiated to help stem the illegal use of prescription medication,” said Steven W. Derr, special agent in charge of the New England office of the DEA.
From 5,361 sites across the country, the DEA collected more than 376,593 pounds of prescription drugs, including a total of 38,190 pounds from New England.
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