Police in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody are taking part April 30 in a national effort to collect unwanted prescription drugs so they can be disposed of properly.

Residents may drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications at police headquarters in both Sandy Springs and Dunwoody during the collection effort. The drugs are collected in order to keep them away from children and pets to avoid accidental poisonings, according to press releases issued by the two cities.

About 3,000 local agencies and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency are taking part in the program, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

People who want to dispose of unwanted medications may take then either to the Sandy Springs police department at 5995 Barfield Road in Sandy Springs or the Dunwoody police department at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.