January 17, 2018 – Doctors who overprescribe opioids have been fueling the nation’s drug epidemic and the disease of addiction. Unused medication inside the home poses a risk to those struggling with addiction. The need to have a safe method of disposing medication is greater than ever.
Walmart announced plans to become the first national drug chain to offer a free opioid disposal option at all its pharmacy locations, according to USA Today. Through a partnership with DisposeRx, customers can acquire a solution that can be emptied into a pill bottle with warm water to render medication inert. When successfully done, the medications can be thrown out in the trash.
“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 Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S., in a statement. “While this issue requires many resources to solve, we are confident this unique, easy-to-use disposal solution, DisposeRx, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of many.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, say that about two-thirds of people misusing prescription opioids are getting them from family and friends.
Walmart says patients will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure whenever filling and picking up any new Class II opioid prescription at Walmart pharmacies. Patients with recurring Class II opioid prescriptions can receive the packet every six months. And existing pharmacy patients can also request a free packet at any time. The DisposeRx packets will be made available at Sam’s Club as well.
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