Wal-Mart launches program to safely dispose of unused opioids

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Walmart said a small packet of DisposeRX will now be given free automatically to any pharmacy customers filling new Class II opioid prescriptions at all of the retailer's 4,700 pharmacies.

Other developed countries are not experiencing the same rates of people dying from opioids as Americans, which experts say could be because opioids are prescribed significantly more in the United States than other countries.

Walmart, the third-largest pharmacy in the U.S., wants to give people who receive prescriptions that are frequently misused a safe way to get rid of them for free. 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.

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Walmart already distributes safety brochures with prescriptions and offers counseling on safe opioid use. Walmart will also offer free DisposeRx packets to existing patients.

Walmart is giving away free opioid disposal kits at its 4,700 pharmacies to help fight abuse of the unsafe, addictive drugs. Non-prescription prescription drugs, for example as hydrocodone and oxycodone, have reached the middle of this drug epidemic.

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"About one-third of medications sold go unused", Boozman said. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access", which really drives home the necessity for this newly-established program. CVS (CVS) started selling Narcan in 2016 and restricted opioid prescriptions for 7 days in September.Walgreens (WBA) started carrying pharmacies with Narcan in October.

"The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that's why we're taking an active role in fighting our nation's opioid issue - an issue that has affected so many families and communities across America", said Walmart executive Marybeth Hays in the release.

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