Walmart Launches Free Opioid Disposal Packets

Walmart Launches Free Opioid Disposal Packets

Walmart Launches Free Opioid Disposal Packets

Here are three things to know. To do that, fill the canister the prescription came in 2/3 full with water with the prescription inside, then add the packet of powder.

"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 the retail giant.

What Walmart wants to do by including packets along with the prescription is to make it possible for you to dispose of those five pills at home for free.

Customers filling a new class II opioid prescription at any of Wal-Mart's 4,700 USA pharmacies will now receive a packet of DisposeRx, a powder that - when mixed into a pill bottle with warm water - creates a safe, biodegradable gel, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The big box retailer says it will become the first national drug chain to offer a free opioid disposal option at all its pharmacy locations. 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.

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Citing data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Walmart said some 65% of opioid abusers get them from unwitting family and friends.

Patients with chronic Class II opioid prescriptions will be offered a free packet every six months and existing customers can request a free packet at any time.

The tiny sachets are made by DisposeRX, and contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles containing the pills.

Safe disposal of prescription opioids is a necessary component to preventing overdoses. "Too frequently, those harmful narcotics stay un-secured where children, visitors or teens may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in an announcement.

According to the CDC, more than 42,000 people died from opioids in 2016, and 40 percent of those deaths were caused by prescription opioids. CVS started selling Narcan in 2016 and limited opioid prescriptions to seven days in September.

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