DEA collects nearly 883,000 pounds of medications
OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration collected 882,919 pounds of medications and vaping cartridges from its national Drug Take Back Day on October 26.
Regionally, the Omaha Division of the DEA accounted for 22,067 pounds of medications and vaping cartridges collected from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota — South Dakota residents discarded a total of 1,152 pounds.
The medications that were collected were all unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications. Drug Take Back Days provide easy, no-cost opportunities to remove unwanted or unused medicines that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse and theft.
“The DEA wishes to thank all of our local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement partners who helped make this Take Back event successful,” Special Agent in Charge Richard Salter Jr. said. “Collectively, we removed over 22,000 pounds of powerfully addictive and potentially deadly medications from falling into the wrong hands.”
October’s Take Back event was the first time the DEA accepted vaping devices and cartridges. With hundreds of confirmed lung injuries and dozens of deaths attributed to vaping use, the DEA is working diligently to spread the word about the possible dangers of vaping.
You can dispose of old medications and vaping devices year round at the Public Safety Building in Rapid City, the Spearfish and Summerset police departments, and at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.