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DisposeRx is a small packet that contains ingredients that, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water, enables patients to destroy their leftover meds.
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 company, which has 70 locations in New Jersey, announced a plan to introducing a new, free program starting January 17 for people who fill their opioid prescriptions at its pharmacies, Walmart said in a press release.
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Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. And existing pharmacy patients can also request a free packet at any time.
The world's largest retailer announced the new disposal system, known as DisposeRx, on Wednesday, with plans to make it available to use for free at all of its 4,700 US pharmacies. It points out that 65% of people that abuse prescription opioids get them from their family or friends. Patients with recurring Class II opioid prescriptions can receive the packet every six months.
Wal Mart (WMT) now distributes safety brochures with prescriptions and offers to counsel on safe opioid usage.
In the Walmart release, Sen.
According to Sen. John Boozman R-Ark., "about one-third of medications go unused", which can prove to be unsafe - especially when children or teens have access to them. "Too often, these unsafe narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access", Arkansas Senator John Boozman said in a statement. "I commend Walmart for taking this innovative approach to help keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands". That level of death led President Donald Trump in October to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. The company supports legislation imposing a seven-day supply limit for initial prescriptions for acute pain and the requirement that all controlled-substance prescriptions be issued electronically, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration.