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As the epidemic of prescription drug and opioid abuse continues to rage on, a long time program with the Clinton Police Department may be as important as ever.
 
The drug take back initiative through the DEA allows the Clinton Police Department to collect unused prescription drugs and to dispose of those properly. Police Chief Ben Lowers says that drop off is available 24/7 at the Clinton Police Department lobby.
 
 
The primary reason many users turn to heroin is because of their dependence on opioids, or pain killers. Chief Lowers says older residents have a lot of those types of medications in their homes and have been the targets of burglaries and thefts, even within their own families.
 
 
Chief Lowers hopes to continue the dialogue locally about the heroin and substance abuse epidemic that is raging itself across the country. He encourages anyone who might like him to speak to their group to contact him at the Clinton Police Department.
 
The next community forum for this discussion will be Wednesday, November 2 at Clinton High School when Tim Ryan will present his Man in Recovery testimonial. 
 
Ryan will speak to junior high and high school students through the day and then the community is invited out to hear him that evening at 7 pm at the Clinton High School auditorium. 
 
We'll have more on Ryan's presentation next week on Regional Radio News. 

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