For the first time, the Drug Enforcement Administration will now accept vaping devices and cartridges at any drop off locations during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
On Oct. 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., people can anonymously remove opioids and other medicines from their homes where they may be vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
In a statement released Tuesday, the DEA said 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 ion batteries.”
This comes after a recent spike of concerns regarding illnesses and deaths caused by vaping, and the high youth vaping rates.
“In an effort to support a healthy lifestyle and energetic population, especially amongst America’s youth, DEA is committed to doing all it can to help safely dispose of vaping devices and substances.”
In April, almost 5,000 law enforcement agencies collected 937,442 pounds during the National Take Back event.