Nearly 4 tons of drugs collected in Maine

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 1:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Federal drug enforcement officials say northern New Englanders brought nearly 6 tons of unused and out-of-date prescription drugs to collection sites to be destroyed.

In Maine, officials say 7,820 pounds of drugs were collected at 120 sites across the state over the weekend as part of a national effort. New Hampshire’s total was 2,479 pounds and Vermont’s was 1,127 pounds for a total of 5.7 tons.

In southern New England, Connecticut collected 5,050 pounds, Massachusetts 8,550 pounds and Rhode Island 784 pounds.

In Maine, Public Safety Commissioner Anne Jordan says in at least one community, Ellsworth, people waited hours before the collection site opened to get rid of their drugs. Jordan says people were relieved to have a place to dispose of unused medications, which can be an attraction for thieves and drug abusers. No questions were asked of those dropping off drugs.