I-Team: Shapiro Touts Success of Drug Take-Back Program


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)       PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro talking about the success of the Drug Take Back program at the West Pittston Police Department on Tuesday.  The program has taken 100 tons of prescription drugs off the street.   The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.

  “We have disposed of 100 tons of prescription drugs in boxes like this across Pennsylvania,” Said Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General. Since he took office in 2017–but he insists much more has to be done.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro standing alongside law enforcement community leaders and area district attorneys in West Pittston congratulated the Luzerne County community for its efforts to remove drugs from the street.

  “I came here today because this community stands out among all counties in Pennsylvania who understand that we have to work together to help battle this crisis,” Said Shapiro.

 West Pittston collected 100 pounds of prescription drugs.

  “He’s all for supporting what’s happening on the main street here,” Said Mayor Tom Blaskiewicz.  The district attorneys from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties say they know they can’t arrest their way out of this opioid crisis.

  “We are eliminating that opportunity that the individual may commit a crime and break into someone’s house to get their prescription medications,” Said Stefanie Salavantis- Luzerne County District Attorney

  “It’s a persistent problem. We do know that folks who get hooked n heroin start with prescription medications that are legal or are taken from medicine cabinets from their parents, grandparents or friends” Said Mark Powell- Lackawanna County District Attorney.

The Attorney General urges any community or residents that would like to take part in the drug take-back program to contact his office for information.

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