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Drug take-back event will take place Saturday in Vail

VAIL — The Vail Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. The collection takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Vail Municipal Building parking lot, 75 S. Frontage Road.

This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and have them disposed of safely. Getting rid of unused medications helps prevent accidental and intentional misuse while safe disposal keeps drugs out of wastewater and the landfill. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 The collected items will be incinerated in an environmentally friendly manner by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which spearheads the national effort. Locally, the federal National Take Back Initiative is being coordinated by the Safe Drug Disposal Program, which is a partnership among the Vail Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Eagle County and Vail Valley Medical Center.

If you can’t make it to Vail, there will be collection sites at the WECMRD Field House in Edwards and Costco in Gypsum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Items that can be dropped off include vitamins, supplements, medicated ointments and lotions, over-the-counter and prescription medications, including controlled substances. No needles or pressurized canisters.

For more information, contact Sgt. Justin Dill, of the Vail Police Department, at 970-477-3409.

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