Walmart Offers Free Opioid Disposal Product

Posted January 18, 2018

Now, in addition to ongoing counseling to patients on the proper use of opioids when filling a prescription for such medications, Walmart pharmacists will advise patients on how to use DisposeRx and hand out a brochure detailing risks and helpful resources.

According to the manufacturer, when Dispose-RX is added to a pill bottle with warm water, it separates the medication into a biodegradable gel.

In the statement that revealed this latest addition to the company's pharmaceutical operations, Walmart notes how "DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home".

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.

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The world's largest retailer announced the new disposal system, known as DisposeRx, on Wednesday, with plans to make it available to use for free at all of its 4,700 US pharmacies. Those with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will be able to get one every six months. It points out that 65% of people that abuse prescription opioids get them from their family or friends.

The tiny sachets are made by DisposeRX, and contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles containing the pills. And about one third of medications sold go unused, making them more readily available for abuse.

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 DisposeRx launch comes in addition to Walmart's other efforts to curb opioid misuse. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access", which really drives home the necessity for this newly-established program. Opioid overdoses killed 42,249 Americans in 2016, the deadliest year on record, according to National Center for Health Statistics. 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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