The Washington Times-Herald

Breaking News

Local News

April 26, 2013

Drug ‘take back’ set for Saturday

WASHINGTON — Washington residents can properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and non-prescription medication Saturday at Fire Station 1, 200 Harned Ave., during the National Take-Back Initiative. The event will be held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

  “It is so important that individuals not discard medicines in the trash which ends up in the county landfill, or down the drain or toilet which can adversely affect the wastewater treatment system,” said Mayor Joe Wellman.

  According to a press release from the U.S Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, during the last five Take-Back events, over 2 million pounds of prescription medication have been collected nationwide.  Over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, vitamins, pet medication, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medication in leak-proof containers up to 12 ounces and medication samples can all be disposed of at the event.

     Items that cannot be disposed of at the event include infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, business waste, personal care products such as medicated shampoo, aerosol cans, thermometers, empty containers, needles, lancets, and syringes. 

“This is for the people who don’t have time to drop off medications at the police station and those who just want to make sure things are properly disposed of,” Rainey said.

All medications brought to the event needs to have all personal information, such as name and address removed.

“Washington has always participated in the drug take back event,” said Scott Rainey, stormwater superintendent. “We used to do this twice a year, but since we have a drop-off container in the police station, we have gone to one time a year.”

When medications expire, they lose their effectiveness overtime. The weakened effectiveness can be dangerous if people have certain medical conditions.  Leftover medicine can also be a hazard to children and teens especially because they may not understand the danger of taking medication not prescribed to them.  Recommendations for many types of both over-the-counter and prescription medicines have also changed over time.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2009 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, or sedatives  for nonmedical purposes at least one time a year prior to being surveyed.

“I ask all citizens to take advantage of Saturday’s drug toss at the fire station,” Wellman said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • woodruff.jpg Ethics officer says Woodruff didn't violate law

    INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation released Friday by the state’s top ethics officer found a former INDOT employee did not violate ethical or criminal law in the Interstate 69 project but calls for the state to enact stricter disclosure requirements.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas, Hilton hurt in Wednesday's practice ANDERSON — After a physical practice Wednesday afternoon at Anderson University, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping they have not lost another starter.Left guard Donald Thomas hit the ground following an 11-on-11 running drill and was visibly upset wh

    August 1, 2014

  • SPT-WT-080114-WERNER PIC Werner's progress evident at Colts Camp ANDERSON — Bjoern Werner’s rookie training camp was rather quiet.The German-born outside linebacker went through individual drills and worked hard in full-team sessions, but he was overwhelmed by all the new information he was processing. And it was

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Thursday 3:24 a.m. - Police investigated a motorcycle accident at the corner of Northwest Third Street and West Main Street. Officers say the operator lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a turn because the kickstand was s

    July 31, 2014

  • Band01 Golden Pride put pieces together for new show For the 30-plus members of the Washington High School Golden Pride marching band, the past two weeks have been long and full of work. After one week of exclusively working on music the band hit the field and began putting together the marching pieces

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hoosier Democrats call for campaign funding limits Indiana Democrat candidates and party leaders brought their "we can do better" government campaign tour to Bloomington. The Democrats called for a lot of changes. One of those on hand was District 39 Senate candidate Steve Lindsey who called for more

    July 31, 2014

  • Kruchten moved to Knox County A Daviess County jail inmate facing murder charges has been temporarily moved to Knox County. Reports that Donal Kruchten, who was arrested in April in connection with the murder of Devan Burris, was moved to the Knox County Jail for his own safety a

    July 31, 2014

  • Dailae abd Vincdnt.jpg Dailey and Vincent return to SJG ODON — Lovers of bluegrass music will have a chance to see the award winning bluegrass duo of Dailey and Vincent perform at the Simon J. Graber Community Building Saturday. Tickets for the event are only available at the door at are $15 for adults, $

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts get to take a break ANDERSON — There was a change in the Indianapolis Colts training camp schedule Monday as the team had just one practice instead of the usual two. With the Colts set to have Tuesday as an already scheduled day off, head coach Chuck Pagano combined the

    July 31, 2014

  • Washington City Council hears 2015 budget proposals Mayor Joe Wellman and the members of the Washington City Council met with city department heads Wednesday evening to hear the proposed budgets for 2015. Wellman said he had proposed pay increases for both hourly and salary employees. Those increases

    July 30, 2014