May 20, 2018
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How many pounds of drugs did your county hand over to police this spring?

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Maine handed over more drugs per person than any other state during a national drug take-back effort in April. On Friday, the national Drug Enforcement Administration released county figures.

The drug take-back asked people with unused prescription drugs in their homes to bring them to one of 156 drop-off points around the state.

The DEA ranked the counties from No. 1 to 16 by most drugs returned per capita. Sagadahoc, the state leader, brought in about 820 of Maine’s 11,920 pounds of pills that were recouped.

Because per capita rankings are by definition weighed by population, Sagadahoc didn’t bring in the heftiest total amount of drugs. That distinction goes to Cumberland County, which brought in 21 percent of the drugs collected in Maine. That’s about 2,500 pounds of pills.

The county that brought in the least amount of drugs was Somerset, with about 80 pounds of pills.

Per capita rankings from most to least drugs taken back were: Sagadahoc, Aroostook, Androscoggin, Piscataquis, Cumberland, Kennebec, Hancock, Lincoln, York, Franklin, Knox, Waldo, Penobscot, Oxford, Washington, Somerset.

Sagadahoc brought in 820 pounds; Aroostook 1,650; Androscoggin 1,610; Piscataquis 170; Cumberland 2,500; Kennebec 1,050; Hancock 450; Lincoln 260; York 1,470; Franklin 230; Knox 240; Waldo 230; Penobscot 760; Oxford 250; Washington 140 and Somerset 80 pounds of drugs. Numbers are approximate.

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