Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Flushed drugs are immune to
By KELLEY WALKER PERRY
Drugs in the natural water supply
are a problem that is beginning to bubble to the surface.
The issue, according to Noell Krughoff, Director of the Shelby County Solid Waste
Management District, has become a hot topic.
Members of the District on Tuesday approved the countys involvement in a statewide
project to eradicate this problem: Eliminate Expired Drugs Environmentally, or EEDE.
Traces of antibiotics and other medications can be found in the natural water supply and
are a common household health and safety concern.
Some trace amounts from human elimination are to be expected, Krughoff said. But
wastewater treatment facilities cannot completely remove all traces of some substances
such as cancer treatment drugs.
When a loved one dies from cancer, family members believe they are doing the right thing
by flushing the leftover medication into the system. But that can cause problems, Krughoff
Some of these chemicals damage septic systems and can release toxic chemicals into the
environment when flushed down the drain.
Other controlled substances might be unwittingly thrown out in the trash. These drugs
often have street value, and could easily fall into the wrong hands.
Thats the reasoning behind the boards decision to hold a two-day collection of
prescription and non-prescription drugs Sept. 23-24, as a service to the community.
In other business, the board:
Decided to move ahead with an addendum to a three-year contract with CGS Services, Inc.
for the operation and maintenance of the Shelby County Solid Waste Transfer Station. This
contract actually between CGS and the Shelby County Commissioners, through the
District further enables improvements for the collection of recyclable materials at
the transfer station located at 1304 N. Michigan Road.
The District will purchase compactors for paper, plastic and glass products at the
recycling facility, as discussed last month; a CGS employee will sort the materials, since
the companys employees already man the transfer station.
Krughoff is to present the contract to the Commissioners.
Approved Public Education and Promotion grant expenditures recommended by the Citizens
Decided to sponsor an art contest for students at local schools, featuring artwork made of
Discussed difficulties regarding the renewal of Director Noell Krughoffs contract,
as well as those of two employees who work at the transfer station.
Corlis Dees of Brooks Insurance Professionals attended to inform the board of pitfalls in
providing workmens compensation insurance and possible solutions to the problems. A
company will be contacted to at least temporarily give the employees coverage, until a
permanent solution is found.
Heard a report from the Nuisance Compliance board.
Discussed Bears of Blue River Festival Parade float possibilities; Shelbyville native
Sandy Allen, the worlds tallest woman, is to ride the Districts float this