The Dunwoody Police Department collected 200 pounds of prescription drugs on Saturday as part of a DEA-sponsored prescription drug roundup.
Now, you won't have to wait for another one of the drug dropoff weekends to get rid of unwanted prescriptions.
The police department has a drug collection unit called "MedReturn" for public disposal of expired unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
The collections will be held in the front lobby of the police department at City Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“Unfortunately, there are many unused dangerous prescription drugs in homes
throughout our community. Citizens now have a safe alternative to dispose of them which will protect their children and remove the potential for abuse from others,” said Chief Billy Grogan.
City Hall is located at 41 Perimeter Center East. The collections will start this week, according to police.
Take note, the department can't accept needles or syringes, thermometers, IV bags, infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, inhalers, medical equipment or hydrogen peroxide.
The department is expanding its collection of prescription drugs as the unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise, according to the department.
Every year, two million such poision exposures occur, with 51 percent involving children five and under in Georgia in 2009.