Vaping devices to be accepted at this weekend's National Drug Take Back Day efforts

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For the first time, vaping devices will be collected during the National Drug Take Back this Saturday as part of a response to an outbreak of lung injuries nationwide.

All of the state police barracks, including Troop G in Bridgeport, will have collection boxes to safely discard prescription medications and vaping devices. The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to destroy everything that is dropped off.

As of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been more than 1,600 reported lung injuries from vaping products nationwide. One person has died in Connecticut.

Local and national health officials say many of the patients reported using vaping devices containing THC.

A local DEA agent says seizures have also occurred nationwide, many of which were due to black market products.

Drug takeback collection sites across the state will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Anyone planning to drop off devices must first remove any lithium-ion batteries.

 

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