DEA's 'Take Back Day' Removes Prescription Pills - and vaping devices - from Circulation

This Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day and this year the Drug Enforcement Agency is accepting vaping products

This Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day and this year the Drug Enforcement Agency is accepting vaping products

The majority of teenagers who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends - and the home medicine cabinet. Unused medications thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.

The Take Back Day is from 10am until 2pm. To find a local community collection site, please visit www.takebackday.dea.gov.

"This is a big deal", Scott said. Kinney Drugs will host the event locally.

Iowa ranked 16th in the highest per-capita participation rate past year, the governor noted.

Unused or expired prescriptions medications pose serious public safety risks, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose.

"This is a public service offered by the Health Department and the Sheriff's Office to prevent abuse of prescription drugs and allow for proper disposal", said Sheriff Brian Bellendir.

And for the first time, the DEA is accepting vaping devices at drop off locations.

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In the Southeast, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reports 30 "confirmed or probable" cases of vaping-related lung disease.

And prescription opioid overdose deaths also increase between 2007 and 2018, from 400 to 477.

It's the 18th event in nine years.

There are five collection sites in Linn County and eight in Johnson County. Additionally, roughly a quarter of a billion doses of controlled prescription drugs were dispensed in Iowa last year, the lowest level in six years.

"Since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010, thousands of partners have joined us in the effort to remove leftover opioids and other medicines from our nation's homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse", said Acting Administrator Dhillon.

There are more than 200 drop-off sites in Minnesota, including the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. Pills should be removed from their original containers and put in clear, sealed plastic bags.

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