TRENTON, N.J. -- Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler announced on Tuesday that vaping devices and e-cigarettes will be accepted at Saturday's drug disposal event. The addition, according to event organizers, is another indicator of the stepped up efforts to bring awareness to the health dangers posed by vaping.

The devices will be collected from individual consumers, but only after batteries are removed.

Unused pills and expired prescriptions will be collected during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to help local residents empty their medicine cabinets.

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Kemler has said that it's important to remove medications from homes before they fall into the wrong hands and can lead to medication misuse or even addictions.

“The fall season is a good time to gather up any unused or expired prescriptions from your medicine cabinet, especially opioid painkillers,” Kemler said. "Addiction or accidental misuse can too easily happen right from your own medicine cabinet."

Mercer County residents can easily dispose of unused and expired prescription pills by bringing them to the parking lot across from the Mercer County Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton on Saturday, October 26 between 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.  Syringes, sharp instruments, or liquid solutions not accepted. 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day seeks to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible method for disposing of unneeded and expired prescription pills. The program held each spring and fall is conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

For more information, contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 609-989-6111.

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