Walmart Joins Fight Against Opioid Abuse With Free Disposal Kits

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The medications - they can be powder, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches - are converted into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel.

Retail giant Walmart Wednesday announced the launch of an opioid disposal solution, known as DisposeRx, which will help in its fight against opioid abuse and misuse.

Walmart said a small packet of DisposeRX will now be given free automatically to any pharmacy customers filling new Class II opioid prescriptions at all of the retailer's 4,700 pharmacy locations. Patients with recurring Class II opioid prescriptions can receive the packet every six months.

The move comes as the U.S. grapples with the scourge of opioid addiction, an affliction that often begins when chronic-pain sufferers fill a prescription at a retail pharmacy chain such as Wal-Mart, CVS or Walgreens.

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While drug distributors like McKesson have borne the brunt of criticism, pharmacy operators have faced pressure as well to step up their role in fighting the crisis. Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost'.

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.

Walmart is not alone in trying to address the opioid epidemic.

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. The patients are already getting counseling on proper opioid use.

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Senator John Boozman said: 'About one-third of medications sold go unused. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in a statement.

Walmart, (wmt) the fourth largest USA pharmacy operator, has unveiled a tool it thinks can help dent the country's raging opioid crisis: a packet that dissolves unused medication to make it easier to throw out.

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