Walmart is offering this service for free.
In a statement released today, Walmart is doing its part to combat the rampant opioid crisis in America by offering a free product at its pharmacies that safely dispose of leftover prescription medication.
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. This is done by dispensing a packet of the product into a pill bottle with warm water, which then creates a biodegradable gel that will eventually solidify into a useless mass ready to be thrown out. In addition, the chemicals used in this product have all been listed as safe by the FDA.
In the statement that revealed this latest addition to the company's pharmaceutical operations, Walmart notes how "DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home."
Effective immediately, any patients filling out a prescription for a Class II opioid such as methadone or oxycodone will be given a complimentary packet of DisposeRX and opioid safety information brochure.
Senator John Boozman of Arkansas reveals how "about one-third of medications sold go unused. Too often, these dangerous narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access," which really drives home the necessity for this newly-established program.