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Vail event set to feature drug-free 4/20 alternative

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EAGLE COUNTY — Local authorities are taking their fourth annual stand against a day designated for smoking dope and are offering a drug-free alternative.

Don't Get Tied Up With Drugs is a drug-free alternative to 4/20. April 20 has become a day to celebrate and smoke marijuana in defiance of the law and authorities, said the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, one of the event sponsors.

"Most Colorado residents believe 4/20 sends out the wrong message to our youth by glorifying drug abuse," the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement. "Others view this as insensitive and a dishonor of the Columbine High School tragedy, which also occurred on the 20th."

The local drug-free event is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday in WECMRD's Edwards field house.

The Edwards event will feature free food, rock climbing and dodgeball tournaments, along with inspirational speakers.

It's also sponsored by Eagle Valley High School's Devils Against Destructive Decisions club and the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

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Counties around Colorado are holding rallies or events on or around Monday, with the emphasis on a drug-free message.

"The purpose is to celebrate our teenagers and fact that the majority of them make good decisions and do not use or intend to use drugs," the Sheriff's Office said.

If You Go

What: Drug free 4/20 event, “Don’t Get Tied Up With Drugs

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: WECMRD’s Edwards Fieldhouse

Cost: Free

Information: The event is a drug-free alternative to the 4/20 focus on smoking dope. All ages are welcome, and the ECO Transit will be providing a bus to make special stops at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum and the Eagle County building in Eagle.

Fast Facts

63% of local high school students have never tried marijuana

82% of local high school students have not used marijuana in the past 30 days

39% of local high school students think there is no or slight risk of people harming themselves If they use marijuana regularly

Source: Eagle County 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

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