The Drug Enforcement Administration has expanded National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to allow people to drop off electronic vaping devices and cartridges, in addition to expired or unused prescription drugs. These efforts will address the vaping-related deaths and illnesses widely publicized last fall.
If batteries can't be removed from vaping devices, the DEA suggests contacting "large electronic chain stores" to see if they will accept them. Batteries can end up in landfills and contaminate the environment so ensuring that they are properly disposed is of the utmost importance.
According to the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey, the majority of 8th and 12th graders in our service area (Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Elk Grove Village) who reported using tobacco or vaping products obtained them from any social source, excluding parents, such as a friend, older sibling, or gave money to a stranger to make a purchase on their behalf. In an attempt to avoid teens’ social access to vape pens, please discard any unused devices in the home.
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