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Drugs in sewer system an increasing problem

Prescription drugs dropped into the Clinton Water and Sewer System is an increasing problem, according to the department manager.

“Narcotics in our water supply is an increasing problem,” said water department Manager Isaac Keeling. “We find needles and prescription drugs in our sewers on a regular basis, especially needles.

“Many residents likely do not realize that the water going into our sewers is processed and returned to Greers Ferry Lake before returning to our faucets as potable water,” Keeling said.

“A city the size of Clinton is not large enough and therefore can not afford a plant that checks for these drugs going into the water system,” he said.

Clinton currently has two prescription medication drop boxes in place, located at the Van Buren County sheriff’s office and Clinton Drug on Highway 65 South. Two more drop boxes are planned for Van Buren County, though their locations have not yet been determined.

Residents should also check local newspapers for Drug Take Back events where they can get rid of any outdated or unwanted prescription medications.

For more information on medication drop boxes, prescription drug abuse, or prescription lock boxes call Brian Henderson, Van Buren County TEA Coalition coordinator, at 745-7004 Ext. 101.

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