Prescription drug collection totals 72.7 pounds in Rumford

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RUMFORD — Local police collected 72.7 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription drugs in Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, Chief Stacy Carter said Wednesday afternoon.

No questions were asked by police of those dropping off the medications at collection sites at Hannaford supermarket and the police station.

“The initiative was very positive and worthwhile,” Carter said. “I am pleased to announce that the final weight for the statewide collection is 11,920 pounds.”

Maine had the second largest collection in New England, besides Massachusetts, which had 12,354 pounds, he said.

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“When you consider Massachusetts has five times the population, Maine excelled over all the states and I’m confident our total collection will again be No. 1 in the U.S. per capita,” Carter said.

Connecticut followed Massachusetts and Maine, collecting 6,787 pounds of drugs, while New Hampshire logged 3,669 pounds, Rhode Island netted 1,176 pounds and Vermont had 1,404 pounds. The New England total was 37,850 pounds.

“We want to thank the citizens for taking this opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted medicine,” Carter said. “We will be conducting another take back initiative in the fall.”

He said anyone who wants to dispose of their medications between now and the fall may drop them off at the police station on business days between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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