Walmart Offering Free Opioid Disposal

Walmart is hoping a simple packet could help curb opioid misuse

Walmart is stepping up to help mitigate the opioid crisis with an innovative new product that will make it easier to safely dispose of prescription meds.

According to the manufacturer, when Dispose-RX is added to a pill bottle with warm water, it separates the medication into a biodegradable gel.

Walmart says patients will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure whenever filling and picking up any new Class II opioid prescription at Walmart pharmacies.

The company, which has 70 locations in New Jersey, announced a plan to introducing a new, free program starting January 17 for people who fill their opioid prescriptions at its pharmacies, Walmart said in a press release.

DisposeRx says its disposal packets also work on other prescription drugs and for pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches.

"The healthy and safety of our patients is a critical priority", said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumable and Health and Wellness at Walmart. Existing pharmacy patients can also request a free DisposeRx packet at any time, including at the upcoming Walmart Wellness Day event scheduled for January 20 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. all Walmart locations nationwide. Patients with recurring Class II opioid prescriptions can receive the packet every six months. The tribe, which says it is prepared to seek damages against the companies in state court, notes in its suit that from 2003 to 2014, more than 350 deaths related to opioids occurred in the Cherokee Nation. People can also bring leftover opioids to hospital pharmacies or police stations for disposal.




Existing company policy also provides optional counseling to customers who want advice on safe prescription opioid use.

The big box retailer says it will become the first national drug chain to offer a free opioid disposal option at all its pharmacy locations.

In the Walmart release, Sen.

It's a smart idea, one that can prevent unused medications from entering the black market. "Too frequently, those harmful narcotics stay un-secured where children, visitors or teens may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in an announcement.

Walmart is not alone in trying to address the opioid epidemic.

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