Disposal of leftover prescriptions, vaping devices planned

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October 24, 2019 - 10:31 AM

 Allen County residents can dispose of unused prescription drugs at a special event this weekend to recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. New this year, residents also can dispose of electronic vaping devices and cartridges.

“Vaping has been declared a serious health epidemic and I feel it will also cause a recycling nightmare,” Jessica McGinnis, Drug Free Community Coordinator with Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center, said. “E-cigarette waste disposal is a significant environmental problem. The cartridges hold flavored nicotine or cannabis solution and contain harmful chemicals that must be dealt with as hazardous waste. I’m happy to see that the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back is taking this seriously.”

Locally, prescription medications and vaping devices can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Iola Police Department and Humboldt Police Department. Educational material will be offered during the event. The service is free and anonymous.

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