Dispose of drugs safely in Vail Valley
VAIL, Colorado – Prescription drugs will for the first time in the Vail Valley be collected Saturday for safe disposal.The drugs will be collected at the Vail Valley Community Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Campus in Edwards. Expired, unwanted or unused drugs can be dropped off. Medications should be disposed of properly to avoid misuse or accidental poisoning as well as to protect our watershed. Proper disposal, especially of “controlled” substances (narcotics), has been a challenge, said Detective Lt. Mike McWilliam of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement has to be present to collect controlled substances.Non-controlled substances, as well as over-the-counter medications, will be collected by Eagle County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility.Stu Read, Vail Valley Medical Center Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services, said medication mistakes at home are the most common cause of accidental poisoning. Proper disposal of medications has been a topic of concern for a variety of industries for many years. “Creating awareness about the effect on the river helps us all help the environment, since safe disposal of medicine reduces the amount of drugs in wastewater,” said Chris Maines, wastewater division manager for the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District.If you miss the Community Health and Safety Fair, all drugs except controlled substances will be accepted for disposal at no cost to residents by the Vail Valley Medical Center pharmacies in Edwards and Vail as well as by the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Eagle County Landfill.Call 970-479-7253 or 970-569-7675 for more information.
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