Walmart Is Giving Away Free Opioid Disposal Kits

Walmart Is Giving Away Free Opioid Disposal Kits

Walmart unveiled a pharmacy initiative January 17 to supply customers with a product to facilitate the safe disposal of excess opioids.

When mixed with warm water and prescription medication in a pill bottle, DisposeRX creates a solid that can then be thrown out safely in the trash, without the risk of contaminating groundwater, its maker says. The packet, called DisposeRx, dissolves pills into a biodegradable gel.

Walmart pharmacies will provide Dispose-RX at no cost to patients filling new class-two opioid prescriptions.

In the statement that revealed this latest addition to the company's pharmaceutical operations, Walmart notes how "DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home". 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.

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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. It said last fall that it has donated about 1.5 million drug disposal pouches across the country and will increase that total to 2 million early this year.

Although the offer of DisposeRX for free is coming as a result of the opioid epidemic, the product works on any type of prescription drug, according to Holaday.

The world's largest retailer announced the new disposal system, known as DisposeRx, on Wednesday, with plans to make it available to use for free at all of its 4,700 USA pharmacies. "Too frequently, those harmful narcotics stay un-secured where children, visitors or teens may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in an announcement.

More than 50% of people who abuse prescription opioids obtain them through friends and family, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands".

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