Lexington offers drug take-back, including e-cigarettes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and central Kentuckians were invited to clear their cabinets and drop off their items for proper disposal.

A group of volunteers worked with the DEA to set up the drive-thru drug drop off.

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They accept prescription and over the counter pills, vitamins, as well as pet medication.

According to the Lexington Police Department, the take-back day collection sites are also now accepting e-cigarettes, vaping pens, and cartridges.

Todd Lucas said they take the drugs, put them in proper storage containers and then send them to get destroyed.

“The process of destroying the medication is we need to get the medication into secured bins, they get weighed, and then we send them to get destroyed. The way that they get destroyed is through incineration instead of people flushing them or taking them and throwing them into a landfill, this prevents the medication from getting into the water system and anything like that,” Lucas said.

He said the turnout on Saturday was better than they expected with over 90 boxes filled to the top and 500 cars that made their way through the drive-thru.

The next take-back day is in April.