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Rhinelander police take steps to get drugs off the streets Submitted: 01/27/2015

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RHINELANDER - Police in one Northwoods community feel like they've dealt with a lot of drug bust lately. It's after 5 people were arrested in Rhinelander in January. The group faces meth related charges. But police say there are still people who know how to make the drugs on the street.

The number one question is where police should start. Some police leaders believe they should target the people making the drugs. Rhinelander investigators say they are working hard to keep drugs off our streets.

Rhinelander Police Chief Mike Steffes says communication is a key factor in stopping drug abuse, but stopping it at the source is what they're trying to tackle right now.

"For example being able to purchase through the pseudoephedrine compound and other things that go inside of the mixture," said Steffes. "So hopefully we'll be able to resolve it at the source that way."

Steffes says heroine has also affected the community.

Meanwhile, he says the Drug Enforcement Administration stopped funding the "Drug Take Back" program. It was a program that offered a safe location to dispose of prescription drugs. Now the Rhinelander Police Department is trying to find a safe way to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

"It's a scary fact for me because the estimates are 80 percent of people who abuse heroine start out abusing prescription drugs," Steffes said. "So we want to make sure we have an outlet to be able to get rid of those prescription drugs."

Steffes says there is no "Drug Take Back" scheduled for Rhinelander this year. He says they're trying to keep their drug drop box open as long as they can. Steffes hopes to have a disposal technique by February.

Story By: Shardaa Gray

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