Authorities say New England turned in a record 48 tons of prescription drugs during the annual Drug Take-Back Day last month, with Maine leading the pack at over 41,500 pounds.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says when the program started in 2010, its New England Field Division collected a total of 25,810 pounds of unwanted drugs during the first national take-back day.
Maine U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said since the start of the program, Maine has consistently had one of the highest collected weights in New England.
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Massachusetts came in second place in the Oct. 28 collection, at over 25,800 pounds. New Hampshire was third at over 13,000 pounds, followed by Vermont at over 5,900 pounds; Connecticut at over 5,800 pounds; and Rhode Island at over 3,800 pounds.