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Wal-Mart Wants To Battle Opioid Abuse Crisis With New Disposal Service

Wal-Mart Wants To Battle Opioid Abuse Crisis With New Disposal Service

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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 pharmacies. Walmart will also offer free DisposeRx packets to existing patients.

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. 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's an important move forward because more than 65 percent of people misusing prescription opioids are getting them from family and friends, and personal prescriptions are one of the main sources of nonmedical opioid abuse, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Wal Mart (WMT) now distributes safety brochures with prescriptions and offers to counsel on safe opioid usage.

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"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", Marybeth Hays, Executive Vice President of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S., said in a statement.

Patients with chronic prescriptions will get a free DisposeRX packet every six months. Aetna also published its opioid strategy paper in June 2017, detailing the company's work to prevent misuse and abuse.

In the Walmart release, Sen.

"About one-third of medications sold go unused. Too frequently, those harmful narcotics stay un-secured where children, visitors or teens may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in an announcement.

Walmart is trying to help curb America's opioid crisis. CVS started selling Narcan in 2016 and limited opioid prescriptions to seven days in September.