New Castle News

February 22, 2014

Program will get rid of unwanted drugs

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County District Attorney is providing a year-round drug take-back program to help dispose of unwanted prescription medication.

All drugs, prescription or otherwise, may be taken to the district attorney’s office for disposal between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. any weekday.

There is no charge for the disposal and all medications turned over to the district attorney’s office will be destroyed in an environmentally safe manner.

The White House and the Centers for Disease Control have declared prescription pain medication abuse an epidemic in the United States, District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said.

 More deaths are caused each year by prescription pain medication abuse than are caused by the combined total of cocaine and heroin overdoses, he said.

Misuse and abuse of prescription pain medication are responsible for more than 475,000 emergency room visits and nearly 36,000 deaths annually, Lamancusa said. The majority of overdose cases involve people who were not prescribed the medication, but who obtained it from illegal sources or the medicine cabinets of family members or friends’ households, according to Lamancusa.

He is encouraging all local residents to participate in the drug take-back program.