The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 16, 2013

Police: Man reveals why he did what he did

The Herald

SHARPSVILLE — A Sharpsville man dropped his pants in front of the chief of police at the police station to prove that he needed extra pain pills as he recovers from a surgery on his testicles.

George Lewis Howze, 62, of 728 Pierce Ave., Sharpsville, presented an altered prescription for oxycodone pain pills at 1 p.m. July 1 at the Rite Aid on 64 N. Mercer Ave., police said. He was prescribed 20 pills and changed the prescription to receive eight additional pills, police said.

Howze was asked to come to the police station to be interviewed and dropped his pants to show the chief his swollen testicles, police said.

He admitted to changing the prescription because he said the doctor prescribed him a low dosage because she was not a man, police said. He later went to his regular male doctor who prescribed him 80 of the pain pills, police said.

Howze was charged with obtaining a controlled substance through fraud or forgery and possession of a controlled substance.