Rising meth crisis hitting Northeast Iowa town

Clarksville, Iowa – Clarksville is feeling the effects of rising meth usage.

Mayor Val Swinton tells North Iowa News he had two recent encounters with people on the drug.


A study released in November by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy says more than 10,000 Iowans got treatment for meth in 2017, which is the latest available data.

Iowa’s meth treatment rate is the highest in the country affecting 238 for every 100,000 people compared to 56 in every 100,000 in the country.

Swinton says he believes in applying the law, but as a pastor he’s hoping to spur more rehabilitation.


The release says law enforcement seized one meth lab in Floyd County and 36 in the state.  There were 96 deaths related to psychostimulants, the most in a five-year span.

Swinton said the Clarksville Police Department continues to crack down on drugs and hopes for positive outcomes.


2018 statistics will likely be released in late fall.

Last Friday, Charles City Police uncovered a traveling meth lab in the Wildwood Golf Course.


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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