Joseph Walls
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Vail, CO, Colorado

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April 22, 2012
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Ask Waste Watchers: Drug take-back days keep meds, narcotics out of the landfill

When will Eagle County be hosting another drug take-back day?

James in Eagle

Thanks for the great question, James, and timely, as well.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Eagle County Safe Drug Disposal Program is coordinating local efforts for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's fourth National Prescription Take-Back Day.

Three drop-off locations will be available to all Eagle County residents on this day:

• Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.

• Columbine Market in Gypsum.

• Vail Municipal Building.

This is a great opportunity to dispose of any medications that you have accumulated over the years in a safe and convenient manner. Each collection site will be managed by a local law enforcement officer.

All types of medications will be accepted, including narcotics and other DEA-controlled substances, all prescription and nonprescription medications. The event is free, and no personal information will be collected.

The first three Take-Back events were very successful and netted about 498 tons of returned medications nationally.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a concerted effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, state and local law enforcement agencies and has the following goals:

• To provide residents with a safe and convenient way to dispose of medications they no longer need.

• To destroy the collected pharmaceuticals properly through incineration, thus reducing the risk to our water resources.

• To prevent the access of children and teenagers to medications that were not intended for their use.

• To provide residents with an opportunity to dispose of controlled substances such as narcotics, pain pills, sleeping pills, prescription cough syrups and attention deficit or hyperactivity medications that have been difficult to get rid of in the past.

Let's all participate by cleaning out those expired, unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals from the medicine cabinet and get them disposed of properly.

If you are unable to make it to one of the Drug Take-Back drop-off sites this Saturday, you have additional options:

• The Eagle County Sheriff's Office, at 0885 East Chambers Ave., has a permanent drug disposal drop box. Residents can drop off all prescription and over-the-counter medications free of charge. The box is available for use Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

• The Eagle Valley Pharmacy ,located inside the Vail Valley Medical Center, will accept all non-DEA controlled substances during regular business hours (no needles, syringes or IV bags). Call 970-479-7253.

• Edwards Pharmacy, located inside the Shaw Pavilion, will accept all non-DEA controlled substances during regular business hours (no needles, syringes or IV bags). Call 970-569-7676.

• The Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Wolcott will accept all non-DEA controlled substances during regular business hours. Call 970-328-3468.

Joseph Walls is hazardous-waste specialist at the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at the landfill in Wolcott. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 970-328-3468 or visit for more information.

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