Walmart Is Giving Away Free Opioid Disposal Kits

Frederick Owens
January 18, 2018

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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When mixed with warm water and added to a pill bottle, DisposeRX works to convert the leftover meds into a biodegradable gel, which then hardens and is easily discarded. "Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost".

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.

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.

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Retail giant Walmart is offering a way for people to get rid of any leftover opioids they might have by giving away packets that turn the painkillers into a useless gel. Patients taking chronic opioid prescriptions will be offered a DisposeRx packet every 6 months, and existing patients may obtain a free DisposeRx at any time. 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.

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

The unique DisposeRx packets contain a crosslinking polymer blend.

Walmart touted an endorsement of its move from Sen.

It's a smart idea, one that can prevent unused medications from entering the black market. Too often, these unsafe narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access. In September, CVS Health said it would limit opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies for new patients facing certain acute conditions.

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