Vail, Eagle County host a Saturday drug take-back |

Vail, Eagle County host a Saturday drug take-back

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EAGLE COUNTY — Local law enforcement agencies participate twice annually in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events each spring and fall. This Saturday, April 27, is the spring event. 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 four locations: Vail Municipal Building; Edwards Field House; Costco in Gypsum; Carbondale Police Department. 

This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and have them disposed of safely. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

Getting rid of unused medication helps prevent the accidental or intentional misuse of prescription medications. Local agencies including the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District support the safe disposal of medications because it helps protect water sources by keeping drugs out of local wastewater and landfills. 

The collected items will be incinerated in an environmentally-friendly manner by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which spearheads the national effort. Locally, the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative is coordinated by the Safe Drug Disposal Program, which is a partnership among local agencies including the Vail Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Vail Health, Eagle County Government and the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District.

Items that can be dropped off on Saturday include vitamins, supplements, medicated ointments and lotions, over-the-counter and prescription medications, including controlled substances (narcotics). Please, no needles (sharps) or pressurized canisters. 

In April of 2018, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at 5,842 sites set up by the DEA and its 4,683 law enforcement and community partners across the nation. In Colorado, 63 law enforcement agencies collected 8.6 tons (17,156 pounds) of prescription drugs at 86 sites. 

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