Franklin County residents looking to safely dispose of unwanted medications have one new option: a limited number of take-home prescription drug disposal kits are available free from the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce office in Bridgewater Plaza.

The kits continue to be available at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, some of Carilion Clinic’s Westlake and Rocky Mount medical offices, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in Rocky Mount and Boones Mill.

To deactivate medicine, the user places prescription medicine into the bag and adds water. The medicine is deactivated and then can be safely thrown away with other household waste. Prescription medicines that are flushed down toilets or sinks or thrown directly in the trash contaminate soil and water supplies.

Residents also can continue to use the medication disposal box located in the Emergency Department of Franklin Memorial. That box is open 24-7.

The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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