Vail Police establish household medication drop box at municipal building
VAIL — The Vail Police Department has established an official safe disposal site for unused or expired household medications. A permanent, secure drop box is now installed at the Vail Municipal Building, 75 South Frontage Road, and is available for use Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding holidays.
The drop box is located in the lobby of the municipal building, near the police front desk, and has been funded by the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as vitamins, can be disposed of safely in the drop box. The disposal service is free, and items may be deposited anonymously with no questions asked. The program also covers the cost of transporting collected medications for destruction.
The Vail community has demonstrated the desire to dispose of unwanted medications through continued participation in the annual U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-sponsored National Drug Take Back campaign, according to local program coordinator Sgt. Justin Dill with the Vail Police Department. This past weekend at the most recent National Take Back, more than 45 pounds of medications was collected in Vail during the four-hour event.
On average, an American household contains four pounds of both prescription and over-the-counter medications at any one time. The abundance of medication creates opportunities for misuse and abuse, which can have serious, even deadly, results. The drop box provides the best option for families to safely dispose of potentially harmful medications. Additionally, safe disposal protects water sources by keeping drugs out of wastewater and the landfill.
Sharps, marijuana products and chemotherapy medication may not be disposed of in the drop box. It’s also important to note the drop box is intended only for residents to dispose of household medication. Health care facility waste is not permitted.
For more information, contact Dill at 970-477-3409 or go to http://www.takemedsback.org.