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Vail Daily column: Drug take-back day is Saturday

Joseph Walls
Waste Watchers
Vail, CO Colorado

Will Eagle County be hosting another DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back day this year?

– Lachie in Eagle

That is a great question, Lachie, and timely as well.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Eagle County Safe Drug Disposal Program partnership are sponsoring their third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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

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• Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.

• Columbine Market in Gypsum.

• Minturn Town Hall.

• 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 non-prescription medications. The event is free of charge and no personal information will be collected.

The first two take-back events in Colorado were very successful and netted almost 12 tons of returned medications.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a concerted effort between the DEA 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/hyperactivity medications which 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 Prescription Drug Take-Back drop-off sites this Saturday, you have additional options:

• The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, located at 885 East Chambers Ave., now 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). 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). 970-569-7676.

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

This column was co-written by Brenda Bregoli.

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 information.

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