Drop-off program nets 400 pounds of drugs

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More than 400 pounds of drugs were collected within just four hours for a local event encouraging residents to properly dispose of prescription and over the counter drugs. On Sept. 25, the Rocklin Police Department and neighboring law enforcement agencies participated in a national campaign to remove unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs from the community. This effort was spearheaded and sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. During this event, two drug collection sites were established from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lots at Sierra College and Whitney High School. The sites were staffed by Rocklin Police Reserve Officers Mike Phlegar and Doug Vance, Rocklin Police Volunteers Art Woodward, Charlene Walters, Dave Lindsay, and Margaret Gallego, and several community volunteers affiliated with the Coalition for Placer Youth. The event was a success with more than 400 pounds of drugs collected in just four hours. That equates to enough drugs to completely fill the trunks and rear seats of two patrol cars. Officers Phlegar and Vance transported the drugs to the DEA Office in Sacramento for incineration. Removing these drugs from the community helps to prevent teenagers and young adults from gaining access to dangerous substances. Illegal prescription and OTC drug use is a real problem in Rocklin, so putting a dent in the supply is a huge step in the right direction. The proper destruction of these drugs also prevents the contamination of the water supply and landfill. ~ Staff report