(Above) This medication drop-box is located in the lobby of the Clear Lake Police Department.
Residents of Clear Lake and the area now have a safe place to dispose of unwanted prescription medication.
Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth has announced the placement of a permanent Medication Dropbox in the lobby of the Police Department, 511 1st Ave. N. Chief Roth said the drop box is made possible through a small grant from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy to address the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.
The drop box is accessible to the public during normal business hours.
Steve Lukan, director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy said his office “is pleased to partner with the Clear Lake Police Department in providing citizens a secure and environmentally responsible option to dispose of unused prescription drugs, thus preventing their potential diversion and abuse. Lukan added, “Most prescription drugs that are abused come from friends or family, so cleaning out medicine cabinets can save lives.”
Prescription drug abuse is Iowa’s fastest-growing form of substance abuse, and addiction to powerful pain