By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office says it has collected and destroyed 200 tons of drugs since 2017 through the take back program.

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That’s 400,000 pounds, or 23 times the weight limit on the Liberty Bridge.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says more than 5,700 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to opioids last year alone.

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“Because of the isolation, because of the challenges of COVID, those numbers are sadly rising. Six-hundred-eighty-nine of those deaths came from Allegheny County alone,” he said.

Shapiro says on a daily average, police have arrested four and a half drug dealers a day.

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He says they are also holding pharmaceutical companies accountable and making treatments more readily available.