Collection sites in Vail, Edwards and Gypsum for National Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27 | VailDaily.com

Collection sites in Vail, Edwards and Gypsum for National Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and have them disposed of safely. Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 27.

VAIL — Local law enforcement agencies are participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Personnel from the Vail Police Department and the Eagle County Sheriff's Office will host collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vail Municipal Building, Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Field House in Edwards and Costco in Gypsum.

This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and have them disposed of safely and responsibly.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Getting rid of unused medication helps prevent the accidental and intentional misuse of these items.

Eagle River Water & Sanitation District supports safe disposal of medicine because it protects water sources by keeping drugs out of wastewater and the landfill.

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Safe drug disposal program

The collected items will be incinerated in an environmentally friendly manner by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which spearheads the national effort.

Locally, the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Take Back Initiative is coordinated by the Safe Drug Disposal Program, which is a partnership among the Vail Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Vail Health, Eagle County and Eagle River Water & Sanitation District.

Items that can be dropped off Saturday are vitamins, supplements, medicated ointments/lotions, over-the-counter and prescription medications, including controlled substances (narcotics).

Please, no needles (sharps) or pressurized canisters.

There are permanent drop boxes in Vail, Avon and Eagle.