The Clinton Police Department this weekend will be taking part in a nationwide effort to properly remove and dispose of unused prescription drugs.
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers indicates this weekend is that national Take Back Initiative, which aims to give people the opportunity to have unused prescription drugs handed over to law enforcement officials, who will see to it they get disposed of properly. The initiative is administered through the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Given the busy nature of the weekend in Clinton, Chief Lowers says this isn't a one time opportunity for residents. While the Take Back Initiative focus is this Saturday, the Chief explains unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Police Department at any time.
Law enforcement officials across the country have seen a rise in abuse of prescription drugs, and Chief Lowers says that problem has been seen locally in better than the last decade. He feels this initiative by the DEA is a good start in trying to curb what he calls an epidemic.
The Chief points out it is against the law to have unused prescription drugs in your possession and the unlawful use of prescription drugs is also a crime.
This weekend, collection sites will be at the police station in Clinton, and also at the command post at the corner of Woodlawn and Center Streets as a part of Apple and Pork Festival. Those drop off points are available to anyone, not just Clinton residents.