Walmart Offers Unique Opioid Disposal Solution With DisposeRx

Walmart is stepping up to help mitigate the opioid crisis with an innovative new product that will make it easier to safely dispose of prescription meds.

Customers filling a new class II opioid prescription at any of Wal-Mart's 4,700 U.S. pharmacies will now receive a packet of DisposeRx, a powder that - when mixed into a pill bottle with warm water - creates a safe, biodegradable gel, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The medications - they can be powder, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches - are converted into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel.

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

Hays declined to say during a conference call with reporters how many opioid prescriptions Walmart fills annually. Those with refillable opioid prescriptions will get a free sachet every six months, and customers can request a free packet 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. 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. Aetna also published its opioid strategy paper in June 2017, detailing the company's work to prevent misuse and abuse.


The big box retailer says it will become the first national drug chain to offer a free opioid disposal option at all its pharmacy locations.

According to Sen. John Boozman R-Ark., "about one-third of medications go unused", which can prove to be risky - especially when children or teens have access to them. Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access. That level of death led President Donald Trump in October to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.

More than 50% of people who abuse prescription opioids obtain them through friends and family, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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