AUGUSTA — Maine public safety officials say residents brought three tons of unused and out-of-date prescription drugs to collection sites to be destroyed.

Public Safety Commissioner Anne Jordan says preliminary counts show in excess of 6,000 pounds of drugs were collected at more than 100 sites across the state over the weekend. 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.

Maine participated with other states in the national drug take-back effort. Federal drug enforcement officials and the National Guard also helped.