Retail giant Walmart Wednesday announced the launch of an opioid disposal solution, known as DisposeRx, which will help in its fight against opioid abuse and misuse. The free first-of-its kind solution will be available in all company pharmacies, making the retailer the first national pharmacy chain to do so.
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.
It’s an important move forward because more than 65 percent of people misusing prescription opioids are getting them from family and friends, and personal prescriptions are one of the main sources of nonmedical opioid abuse, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart US, said: ‘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.
‘While this issue requires many resources to solve, we are confident this unique, easy-to-use disposal solution, DisposeRx, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of many. Walmart is incredibly proud to fund this initiative that provides our patients with an opioid disposal solution they can access nationwide, at no cost.’ According to DisposeRx, packets contain a crosslinking polymer blend that, when added to the pill bottle with warm water, sequester any form of prescription drugs – including powders, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches – into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel. The chemicals in the packet are listed as safe by the FDA.