Walmart is offering free opioid disposal kits

18 Января 2018, 03:48 | Robert Harris

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Walmart hopes to combat the US opioid epidemic by offering a free disposal system to help consumers safely dispose of leftover medicine.

Here are three things to know. Pills are, dissolved by the packet, referred to as DisposeRx to some gel that was biodegradable.

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

Today, we announced a new, free, convenient solution for responsible opioid disposal, DisposeRx.

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.

This story has been corrected to show that the information about the types of drugs on which the packets can be used came from DisposeRx, not Walmart.

According to a statement issued Wednesday morning, the company is now offering DisposeRX, a waste disposal solution, for free at Walmart pharmacies and Sam's Club pharmacies nationwide.

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Walmart's announcement marks the first time one of the nation's largest pharmacies has offered a free way to dispose of opioids at all locations.

Roughly 53 percent of people who misused prescription opioids got them from family or friends, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The tiny sachets are made by DisposeRX, and contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles containing the pills.

Most recently, CVS joined the fight against opioid abuse by expanding its prescription drug disposal program to 750 of its pharmacies across the country.

In the Walmart release, Sen.

"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", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in a statement. That level of death led President Donald Trump in October to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. "I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands". CVS started selling Narcan in 2016 and limited opioid prescriptions to seven days in September.

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