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Crime/Courts

March 26, 2014

Crime briefs

NORMAN — Round-up collections

Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies collected 280 pounds of medications Saturday at the Prescription Drug Round-up.

Citizens turned in prescriptions during a four-hour period at Homeland, 10700 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City; Homeland, 1251 Alameda St. and 2600 W. Robinson St. in Norman; and Crest Foods, 1315 N. Eastern Ave. in Moore. The medications will be taken to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and destroyed.

As of March 2013, CCSO has gathered 885 pounds of old or unwanted medications through the program.

Sheriff Joe Lester schedules round-ups quarterly. Lester thanked the citizens who cleaned out their homes and brought all their unneeded medications to the round-up.

“These collections give people the chance to properly dispose of prescriptions they no longer need, and it keeps that medicine off the street,” Lester said. “I also appreciate the area businesses that allowed us to use their stores as collection sites.”

Lockdown for drug search

Drug dogs were brought into Southmoore High School on Tuesday morning, and the school was put on lockdown for about an hour.

Head Principal Roy Smith said the lockdown is done two or three times a year for drug prevention. An outside agency is contracted with the school to check the school and its parking lot for illegal substances.

“It’s for education and prevention,” Smith said. “It’s drug awareness just to let the students know, ‘Hey, we are on the lookout for drugs.’”

Smith said it has many positive and negative effects. It helps keep drugs out of the school because kids will not want to get caught and it could make them think twice about getting involved in drugs, he said.

It’s not a full-blown lockdown, parents can still pick up their children if they need to. The student will be escorted to the office by an adult and their parent can pick them up, Smith said.

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