Walmart offers to help customers destroy unused opioid prescriptions

Walmart Offers Free Packets To Dispose Of Leftover Painkillers
Walmart is now offering an easier way to dispose of prescription opioids — for free
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18 January, 2018

Walmart says that it hopes this new effort will help reduce the amount of opioid abuse. When the packet is emptied into a pill bottle with warm water, the ingredients convert powders, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, or patches into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel.

Effective immediately, any patients filling out a prescription for a Class II opioid such as methadone or oxycodone will be given a complimentary packet of DisposeRX and opioid safety information brochure.

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. More than two out of three people misusing prescription opioids get them from family and friends, according to federal data. Ongoing counseling will also be made available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use and how to use DisposeRx.

More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, with most of those deaths related to prescription opioids or illegal opioids such as heroin.

"While this issue requires many resources to solve, we are confident this unique, easy-to-use disposal solution, DisposeRx, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of many", Marybeth Hays, Executive Vice President of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S., said in a statement.

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Patients with recurring prescriptions will be offered free packets every six months, and other existing pharmacy patients can request the product at any time, Walmart said. Aetna also published its opioid strategy paper in June 2017, detailing the company's work to prevent misuse and abuse.

Walmart touted an endorsement of its move from Sen.

"About one-third of medications sold go unused". Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access.

Walmart is not alone in trying to address the opioid epidemic. The company supports legislation imposing a seven-day supply limit for initial prescriptions for acute pain and the requirement that all controlled-substance prescriptions be issued electronically, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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