EAST PEORIA – A drop box residents can use for disposal of expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications has been installed in front of the East Peoria Public Safety Building.

A repurposed mailbox, painted white and labeled as a prescription drop box, has been installed in front of the public safety building, which houses the East Peoria Police and Fire departments, at 201 W. Washington St. The box is monitored by cameras.

Accepted for disposal will be tablets, pills, capsules and patches, both prescription and non-prescription. Medications should be removed from their containers, and the drugs should be placed in a zipped plastic bag.

The drugs in the drop box will be incinerated.

Not accepted are needles, liquids such as cough syrup, gels, and aerosols such as nebulizers and asthma inhalers.