'Drug Take Back' initiative adds vaping products

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26th.

The annual initiative aims to properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medications. 

For the first time, DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations during the Drug Take Back Day. 

But, they will not accept devices containing lithium ion batteries.

"What we've found is there's a lot of these THC products that are out there as well, that are marijuana infused products in the vaping industry. So, (we) want to get those off the streets," said William Callahan, DEA Special Agent in Charge.

Now in its tenth year, DEA has collected a total of more than 11 million pounds (almost 6,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications through its Take Back Day events. Last April, the public turned in 469 tons (937,443pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 6,258 sites operated by the DEA and its 4,969 local and tribal partners.  

"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," said Uttam Dhillon, DEA Acting Administrator, in a news release.

The Take Back Day events will be held this Saturday, October 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The public can find a nearby collection site at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539. 

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