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Drop Off Your Drugs

San Andreas, CA — There is an effort underway in Calaveras County to keep illegal and prescription drugs out of the hands of students.

“We had some incidents in our county this past spring where a number of students were caught with prescription drugs,” says John Brophy, Calaveras Superintendent of Schools. “This has been a growing concern in our county.”

March 20th will be the first ever “Drop off your Drugs” day in Calaveras County. It is an opportunity for residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and prevent potential misuse of medications. The Calaveras Narcotics Enforcement Unit and Angels Camp Police Department will be collecting prescription medication, over-the-counter medicine and any illicit drugs, anonymously, no questions asked.

From 9am-12pm, the drugs can be dropped off at Feeney Park in Murphys, the Lake Tulloch Shopping Center in Copperopolis or the Angels Camp Police Station. From 1:30pm-5pm, they can be taken to West Point Elementary School or Toyon Middle School.

In addition, parents, grandparents and concerned community members are invited to two Parent Education Nights, Wednesday, March 10th, 6pm at Bret Harte High School and Thursday, March 11th, 6pm at Calaveras High School. Representatives from Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse and the Sheriff’s Department Narcotic Unit will describe the current situation in the county, how to talk to young people about drugs, and how to take inventory and secure prescriptions.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.