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Safely dispose of medications Saturday

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The Rocklin Police Department and Drug Enforcement Agency will conduct a free prescription and over-the-counter drug collection event Saturday at two locations in Rocklin.

Community members are invited to bring their unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to this event for disposal. Participants are requested to empty the medications from their original containers and place them into a secured plastic bag prior to arriving at the event. Liquid drugs may be left in their original containers.  Sharps, lancets, needles, medical waste, aerosols, hydrogen peroxide and illicit drugs will not be accepted.

Collection sites will be staffed by Rocklin police officers and police and fire volunteers.

This event is part of a national campaign by the U.S. Department of justice to address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to theft and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in our community is a serious problem, especially for our teenagers and young adults. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, proper disposal of drugs protects our environment by reducing the amount of harmful substances deposited in our water supplies and landfills.

In addition to the two collection sites in Rocklin, there are nine other sites being staffed in the Placer County region. For more information about the event, or to find out about the other collection locations, visit www.dea.gov or call Mike Nottoli at 625-5416.

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Prescription drug collections

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Where: Sierra College Campus, 5000 Rocklin Road (Parking Lot D, northeast corner of Rocklin Road and El Don Drive); and Whitney High School, 701 Wildcat Blvd. (main parking lot)

Cost: Free

Info: 625-5416; www.dea.gov