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Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday in Steamboat







— It is time to clean out the medicine cabinets.

Drug Take-Back Day in Steamboat Springs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sk8 Church in Riverside Plaza. The event allows residents to dispose of unused drugs, including highly addictive painkillers.

"The biggest benefit is giving the public a place to get rid of the unused, unwanted and expired drugs," said Police Chief Cory Christensen, who will be at the event.

Christensen said the Take-Back Day, along with a drug drop box at the Routt County Sheriff's Office, will have an impact on the community. In past years, between 40 and 70 pounds of drugs have been collected at Steamboat's Take-Back Days.

"There is a huge correlation to the accessibility of prescription drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs," Christensen said.

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He also said there have been studies that show flushing the drugs down the toilet is not a good idea because contamination has been found in water downstream of water treatment plants.

"Real small amounts, but it still has an impact on our environment," Christensen said.

The drugs will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which sends them to a certified incineration facility in Utah.

The Take-Back Day is being advertised as a no-questions-asked event.

Dennis Martinez, 1978 United States skateboarding champion, will be at the event, and skateboard decks will be given away.

Martinez volunteers as a chaplain at Calipatria State Prison in California and is also the founder of Training Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in San Diego.

Martinez is speaking to Steamboat Springs High School students Friday. On Wednesday, he spoke to students at Soroco High School in Oak Creek.

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