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DEA to collect vaping cartridges, devices on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


Added 10-20-19 10:22:01pm EST - “The Drug Enforcement Administration for the first time will collect vaping devices and vaping cartridges on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, as law enforcement joins health officials alarmed by a spate of apparent vaping-related…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “DEA to collect vaping cartridges, devices on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Drug Enforcement Administration for the first time will collect vaping devices and vaping cartridges on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, as law enforcement joins health officials alarmed by a spate of apparent vaping-related deaths.

The annual event, which this year is slated for Saturday, traditionally focuses on emptying drug cabinets of expired prescription drugs or dangerous medications such as the opioid OxyContin.

“This year, we are taking a step further by accepting vaping devices and cartridges as we work with our federal partners to combat this emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth,” said acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon.

At least 33 deaths across 24 states and 1,479 lung injuries have been tied to vaping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Black market THC has been linked to the majority of cases, but the CDC won’t say if that is the main cause. Some lung illnesses have been reported by patients who only used nicotine vapes, so it is unclear if that is behind the illnesses.

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