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A day to safely dispose of old medications, vaping devices

Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and vaping devices can be safely disposed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at six Delaware State Police offices. Take Back Day is free and anonymous.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, which is partnering with the police, says the event keeps languishing medicine from being diverted, misused or abused. It also keeps unwanted pills from damaging the environment when they’re put in the trash or flushed down the toilet.

Vaping devices and cartridges are accepted, but not devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed, the federal agency encourages consumers to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries.

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The drop-offs

New Castle County: Delaware State Police Troop 2, 100 Corporal Stephen J. Ballard Way, Newark; and Delaware State Police Troop 9, 414 Main St., Odessa.

Kent County: Delaware State Police Troop 3, 3759 S. State Street, Camden.

Sussex County: Delaware State Police Troop 4, 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown; Delaware State Police Troop 5, 9265 Public Safety Way, Bridgeville; and Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes.

In 2019, 445 tons of medications was dropped off nationwide at Take Back Day.