Local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 27, 2018. Personnel from the Vail Police Department and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Officewill host collection sites from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Vail Municipal Building, WECMRD Field House in Edwards, and Costco in Gypsum.

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.  By helping to support the safe disposal of medications, we can help to protect our community and our water resources by keeping drugs out of local wastewater and landfills.

Getting rid of unused medication helps prevent the accidental and intentional misuse of prescription medications. 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, Vail Health, Eagle County, and Eagle River Water & Sanitation District.

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