Wal-Mart To Offer Pill-Disposal Product To Curb Opioid Abuse

Walmart is hoping a simple packet could help curb opioid misuse

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 best part is that patients don't have to take the drugs back to a location", Marybeth Hays, Wal-Mart's head of consumables and health and wellness in the US, said in an interview.

Walmart patients filling a new Class II opioid prescription will now be given a free DisposeRx packet along with counseling on proper opioid use and safety.

The new way to safely dispose of opioids from Walmart is DisposeRx.

The product is known as DisposeRX, and it enables an individual to effectively get rid of left over medications by turning them 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. The company also will offer a packet every six months to patients with a regular opioid prescription.

The tiny sachets are made by DisposeRX, and contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles containing the pills. The disposal kit can also work on any form of opioids.

More than 50% of people who abuse prescription opioids obtain them through friends and family, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the Walmart release, Sen. And about one third of medications sold go unused, making them more readily available for abuse. "Too frequently, those harmful narcotics stay un-secured where children, visitors or teens may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in an announcement.

The move by Walmart is the latest precaution being taken to cut down on opioid abuse. "I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands". 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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