ROCKVILLE -- Those with unused medications of any kind are urged to turn them in at the WAXI Business Showcase Saturday.
The Parke County Local Coordinating Council, Family Health and Help Center, and the Parke County Sheriff's Department will sponsor a booth where those interested may safely rid their homes and purses of unwanted medications.
Starting at 10 a.m., and running until 5 p.m., the booth will be open to receive over-the-counter medications and cold medicines, old prescriptions, veterinarian medicines, inhalers, syringes and needles, medicated ointments and lotions and unused old vitamins.
Formerly known as the Parke County Senior Expo, the event has grown to include many other businesses and entities and is now called WAXI Business Showcase 2010 and will take place at the Parke County Fairgrounds, located on United States 41 north of Rockville.
In years past, it became common practice to flush old medications or simply throw them away. Research now shows that this has become environmentally unsafe, as they become mixed with water supplies and can be hazardous to the health of residents.
Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove or process many compounds found in medications that end up being discharged into surface or groundwater.
As an extra potential problem, law enforcement has become aware that the use of medications prescribed for adults or children may fall into the hands of children who then take them to get "high," believing that since they are prescription, they are safe.
"Pharm parties," where teenagers place all medications into a bowl, and then share, are not uncommon.
The Parke County Local Coordinating Council has received a grant from the Parke County Community Foundation to offer the booth to the public for the disposal of medications.