Electronic Vaping devices accepted in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day says DEA

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BOSTON – This weekend, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be accepting vaping devices and cartridges as part of their National Prescription Drug Take-Back day: one of its most popular community programs. 

The DEA will now accept vaping devices at any of its drop-off locations during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

According to the DEA, they cannot accept devices containing lithium-ion batteries. 

If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop-off, DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium batteries. 

“Our take-back events highlight the problems associated to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge, Brian D. Boyle.”

“These efforts help remove unwanted, expired and unused prescription pills that can be abused stolen,  or resold which helps pr continued dedication to combat the prescription pill, fentanyl, and heroin epidemic of substance abuse and addition” 

U.S Attorney Aaron L. Weisman added, “The DEA’s Prescription Drug Takeback is an important yet simple step we all can take to ensure that unwanted or unused medications are safely disposed of to prevent them from falling into the hands of individuals who should not have access to them.” 

The DEA New England division took part in Take Back day last April and totaled over 89 thousand pounds (44 tons) of expired or unused prescription drugs. 

The following was a breakdown of collected weights for each of the new England States: 
CT: 8,381.80 lbs
MA: 28,117.50 lbs
ME: 27,680 lbs 
NH- 12,180 lbs
RI: 4,464 lbs
VT: 6,562 lbs 

For further information about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back or where to find your nearest drop off-center, visit  https://takebackday.dea.gov/