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Clean out your medicine cabinet

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VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Police Department will be joining other agencies throughout Eagle County as it takes part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday by hosting a collection site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town of Vail Municipal Building parking lot, 75 S. Frontage Road. The event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

During the last event held in April, collection sites across Colorado collected over 17,000 pounds of drugs, compared to 11,600 in November 2011 and 9,200 in 2010.

Vail police officers will be on hand to collect any unused, expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements, including controlled prescription drugs. The medications turned in will be safely disposed of using an environmentally friendly incineration process. The event is free of charge and no personal information will be collected.-

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office will host collection sites at Columbine Market in Gypsum and Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Getting rid of expired, unwanted or unused drugs reduces medication mistakes at home, which are the most common cause of accidental poisoning, and also prevents the intentional abuse and misuse of medication.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day also keeps pills and medication out of the waste stream – both the sewer and the landfill – and protects local rivers that are used as source water for drinking water production.

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Contact Vail Police Sgt. Justin Dill at 479-2212 for more information or visit the DEA website.