Dunwoody and Sandy Springs police plan to collect unwanted and expired prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 26. After the collection, the drugs will be disposed of properly.

Residents can drop off the unneeded medications at Sandy Springs Police Headquarters, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 301, in the Morgan Falls Office park in Sandy Springs, or to Dunwoody Police Headquarters, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100, in Dunwoody.

The collections are part of a national effort in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This marks the seventh collection in three years, Sandy Springs officials said in a press release.

“Medicines that sit at home are susceptible to misuse. The Take Back program provides residents with a safe, easy and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unwanted and unneeded medication,” Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said in a press release.

There is no charge for the service, police said. Police willnot accept needles or sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, inhalers, medical equipment or hydrogen peroxide.

For more information: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Joe Earle

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