WHITE PLAINS - A local lawmaker is pushing for new legislation to help stop the drug epidemic sweeping across the Hudson Valley.

Experts say most addictions are born from a prescription pad of painkillers, so White Plains City Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona is pushing for new steps to keep prescription pain medications out of the hands of kids.

Lecuona says the Dispense and Dispose campaign would require pharmacies to accept unwanted or unused prescription medications for disposal. She also suggests that parents invest in lockable medicine cabinets to keep prescription pills out of the hands of kids.

The councilwoman is taking her campaign statewide and is working with lawmakers to make Dispense and Dispose a state requirement. She is hopeful that the state Assembly will take up the matter sometime this spring.