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Operation Pill Drop is Apr. 30
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Operation Pill Drop is Apr. 30

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Police Department is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Safe Kids Georgia to conduct Operation Pill Drop again.

This is a prescription drug take-back event where the public can dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands.

Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise. Every year, over two million poison exposures are reported in the United States.

In 2009, over 51 percent of reported poisonings in Georgia involved children ages five or younger.

"Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like the one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health," said Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "The federal, state and local collaboration represented in this initiative is key in our national efforts to reduce pharmaceutical drug diversion and abuse."

On Saturday, Apr. 30, all Dunwoody residents are invited to bring their unwanted medication to the front lobby of the police department (41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100, 30346) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Operation Pill Drop will not accept needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, inhalers, medical equipment and hydrogen peroxide.

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