Walmart offers way to get rid of prescription opioids

Leslie Hanson
January 17, 2018

The company said patients filling any new class II opioid prescriptions at its pharmacies will receive a free packet of the product - called DisposeRx - when filling a new prescription.

The packet will have ingredients that will dissolve the leftover pills when mixed with water. The solution solidifies, and can be tossed out, making them inaccessible for illicit use.

Customers filling "class two" opioid prescriptions at Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will receive a packet from "Dispose Rx", starting today.

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. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access." said Sen. The chemicals in DisposeRx are listed as safe by the FDA, according to Walmart.

The Centers for Disease Control reports more than half of the people who abuse prescription opioids get them from friends and relatives.

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