MONROE — The Monroe health police departments reminded residents that a medication drop box is available at the police department twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

“Unused or expired medications can be a public safety concern, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, or abuse,” said Health Director Nancy Brault in an email.

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications for people and pets can be deposited in the medication drop box in the lobby. Residents may simply come in, drop off their unused medicines, and leave. Not accepted are needles or other “sharps,” hazardous waste, and thermometers.

Brault said some community members may not know how to properly dispose of medicines after they expire or are no longer needed. They may just throw prescriptions in the trash or down the drain. However, throwing unwanted medicines in the household trash does not ensure that others, including curious kids, can’t find and use them.

Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, impacting aquatic species, and contaminating water supplies.

Brault said using the police department drop box can prevent accidental poisonings and reduce the amount of medicines entering the environment.

The drop box is in the lobby of the police deaprtment, 7 Fan Hill Road in Monroe.