DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part o

DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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For the first time, the Drug Enforcement Administration will now accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop-off locations during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, according to a press release distributed by the DEA. However, it cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If the batteries cannot be removed before drop-off, the DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries.

The DEA states this move is due to rising concerns about the vaping epidemic and its result in illness and death among youth in the United States. 

“DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative helps get unused and unwanted prescription medications out of circulation and ensures their safe disposal,” said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon.  “This year, we are taking a step further by accepting vaping devices and cartridges as we work with our federal partners to combat this emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth.”

On Saturday, October 26, the DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country. 

Over 10 years, the DEA has collected a total of more than 11 million of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications through its Take Back Day events. It is continuing to register law enforcement partners and collection sites for the upcoming Take Back Day.

As of Oct. 15, more than 4,500 registered law enforcement partners will assist with more than 5,250 registered sites and 135 tribal locations across the country. Collection sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539.

For more information about the harms of youth vaping, please visit: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/facts/vaping-what-you-should-know.

 

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