Medication and Vaping Elimination Event Scheduled for April 30 | Local News

CLINTON — The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department and Camanche Police Department are hosting two drug drop-off and drive-thru vaping locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30.

They will be located at the Clinton County Law Center/Courthouse Parking Lot at 241 Seventh Ave., Clinton, and at the Camanche Police Department, 819 S. Washington Blvd., Camanche.

At that time, residents can drive in and drop off their expired or unneeded medications or vaping devices/e-cigarettes. This event will take place regardless of the weather. Those dropping off items will stay in their car to drop off their meds and vapes and can expect it to take 5 minutes.

An additional consequence of the vaping epidemic is that communities have to deal with increasing amounts of hazardous waste, including e-cigarette devices, cartridges or ‘pods’, lithium-ion batteries and other electronic waste. This event will safely eliminate both the vaping device and the battery. Batteries should be removed from vaping devices and placed in a sealed Ziploc bag.

If assistance is needed removing the battery from the vaping device, organizers suggest contacting the retailer where the device was purchased, searching the internet to remove it, or contacting the coalition at (563) 241-4371 .

Local law enforcement is partnering with local Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalitions, the Camanche DeWitt Coalition and the Gateway ImpACT Coalition, and the Drug Enforcement Administration to host Take Back Day . This event is free. No sharp objects, needles or professional waste will be accepted. Medications can be left in their original container.

Clinton County has collected and destroyed more than 11,000 pounds of drugs since the program began in 2008. This will be the first time vapes/e-cigarettes will be collected.

People unable to come can also drop off their medication during normal office hours at one of the drop boxes located at:

– Camanche Police Department, 819 S. Washington Blvd., Camanche.

– DeWitt Police Department, 1505 Sixth Ave., DeWitt.

– Fulton City Hall, 413 11th Ave., Fulton, Illinois.

– Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 901 S. Fourth St., Clinton.

– Scott Thrifty White Drug, 629 Sixth Ave., DeWitt.

– Wagner Pharmacy and Integrated Health, 1726 N. Second St., Clinton.

– Walgreens North, 1905 N. Second St., Clinton.

– Walmart Pharmacy, 2715 S. 25th St., Clinton.

For more information about this event or medication/vape storage and/or disposal, contact the Gateway ImpACT Coalition at (563) 241-4371 or [email protected]

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