Walmart Joins Fight Against Opioid Abuse With Free Disposal Kits

Ebony Scott
January 18, 2018

Walmart, the third-largest pharmacy in the United States, wants to give people who receive prescriptions that are frequently misused a safe way to get rid of them for free.

Here are three things to know.

DisposeRx packets have a polymer blend that when combined with warm water in the pill bottle sequesters any type of prescription drug, whether a powder, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches, into a biodegradable gel.

"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", said Walmart's Marybeth Hays.

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

The company said on Wednesday that the solution is called "DisposeRx" and consists of a packet with ingredients that, when combined with warm water and emptied into a pill bottle, neutralize leftover medications so they can be disposed of without worry. Those with refillable opioid prescriptions will get a free sachet every six months, and customers can request a free packet at any time.

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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".

Walmart already distributes safety brochures with prescriptions and offers counseling on safe opioid use.

In the Walmart release, Sen.

It's a smart idea, one that can prevent unused medications from entering the black market. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in a statement.

Although the offer of DisposeRX for free is coming as a result of the opioid epidemic, the product works on any type of prescription drug, according to Holaday. 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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