Walmart Offers an Easier Way to Dispose of Prescription Opioids

Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT ), seeking to curb opioid abuse, will offer its pharmacy customers a product that disposes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

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"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", Hays said.

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

Walmart pharmacies in Rhode Island and Washington will offer an alternative free disposal solution until third-party testing of DisposeRx has been completed in those states.

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

Every week's patient using prescriptions may receive yourself a DisposeRX packet.

In a release, Walmart referenced information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse that shows more than 65 percent of people who misuse prescription opioids acquire them from friends and family.

Safe disposal of prescription opioids is a necessary component to preventing overdoses.

The unique DisposeRx packets contain a crosslinking polymer blend. Wal-mart will supply people DisposeRx packets.

Walmart is handing out DisposeRx for free at all of its pharmacies.

The move comes as the US grapples with the scourge of opioid addiction, an affliction that often begins when chronic-pain sufferers fill a prescription at a retail pharmacy chain like Wal-Mart, CVS Health ( CVS ) or Walgreens Boots Alliance ( WBA ).

Walmart touted an endorsement of its move from Sen.

According to Sen. John Boozman R-Ark., "about one-third of medications go unused", which can prove to be unsafe - especially when children or teens have access to them. "Too often, these unsafe narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in a statement. CVS started selling Narcan in 2016 and limited opioid prescriptions to seven days in September.

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