At Riverfest at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette, Indiana, you can drop off unused or expired medicine, doing your part to keep pharmaceuticals off the streets and out of the waters. This year’s Riverfest takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and the West Lafayette DARE are sponsoring this medicine drop-off opportunity. “Pharmaceuticals that are flushed can impact wildlife in local waterways or can end up in drinking water,” said Laura Kammin, IISG pollution prevention specialist. “These medicines can also contribute to a growing problem of drug abuse by teenagers. Bringing them to collection events like this one is an easy way to protect people and the environment.”

Riverfest, which has taken place for the past 10 years, is unique among area summer festivals because it builds on the theme of conservation and appreciation of the Wabash River. Festival activities include live music, numerous educational opportunities, rides, games, an opening parade for children, a 5K run/walk, and the spectacle of 14 teams of paddlers battling it out in historic canoes.

Riverfest is a free, family-friendly event that brings people to the shores of the Wabash to enjoy one of the area’s greatest natural resources. A full race schedule, kids’ parade details, and 5K registration information can be found at www.wabashriverfest.com.

For more information about the issue of unused medicine and collection events, visit www.unwantedmeds.org.