Walmart is joining the fight against opioid abuse, in an effort to curb misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.
Here are three things to know. The medications - they can be powder, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches - are converted into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel.
Walmart pharmacies in Rhode Island and Washington will offer an alternative free disposal solution until third-party testing of DisposeRx has been completed in those states.
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. Ongoing counseling will also be made available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use and how to use DisposeRx.
Hays declined to say during a conference call with reporters how many opioid prescriptions Walmart fills annually. Wal-mart will supply people DisposeRx packets.
The move comes nine months after the Cherokee Nation sued Walmart and two major pharmacies, Walgreens and CVS Health, along with large drug distributors, for allegedly profiting by "flooding" Native American areas in Oklahoma with prescription painkillers.
Wal Mart (WMT) now distributes safety brochures with prescriptions and offers to counsel on safe opioid usage.
Although the offer of DisposeRX for free is coming as a result of the opioid epidemic, the product works on any type of prescription drug, according to Holaday.
In the Walmart release, Sen.
According to Sen. John Boozman R-Ark., "about one-third of medications go unused", which can prove to be risky - especially when children or teens have access to them. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access". CVS started selling Narcan in 2016 and limited opioid prescriptions to seven days in September.