Safe disposal of prescription drugs, vaping devices offered

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI). The event offers an opportunity for people with unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications.

“This is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs,” according to DSP Public Information Officer MCpl. Melissa Jaffe.

Now, for the first time, DEA will also accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations during Take Back Day. However, Jaffe said, it is important to note that DEA cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop-off, the DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries.

The nearest location for planned disposal monitored by the Delaware State Police in Sussex County is Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Highway. Other Take Back Day locations include the Selbyville Police Department at Selbyville Town Hall and at CVS on Route 54 in West Fenwick, and the Ocean View Police Department, as well as Sun Behavioral Health in Georgetown.