Valleywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday |

Valleywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

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What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Where: Vail Municipal Building, WECMRD Field House in Edwards and Costco in Gypsum; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When: Saturday, April 30.

Cost: Free.

More information: The service is anonymous. Items that can be dropped off include vitamins, supplements, medicated ointments/lotions, and over-the-counter prescription medications, including controlled substances. No needles or pressurized canisters will be accepted.

EAGLE COUNTY — Saturday provides an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and dispose of them safely.

The Vail Police Department will again participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Collected items will be incinerated in an environmentally-friendly manner by the Drug Enforcement Agency, which spearheads the national event.

The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Eagle County and Vail Valley Medical Center will also be involved.

In Vail, the drop-off location is at the municipal building; in Edwards, the drop-off is at the WECMRD Field House; and in Gypsum, the drop-off is at Costco. All sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In its 10 nationwide Take Back events from 2010-2015, DEA and its partners have taken back more than 5 million pounds of medications.

The initiative is for public safety and health. Medicines that sit in cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse and flushing them down the toilet pose potential safety concerns and health hazards.

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