Jan 17, 2018, 6:34 AM ET

Walmart distributing first-of-its-kind opioid disposal product


Walmart is offering a first-of-its kind opioid disposal product for free at all of its pharmacies, according to a company statement.

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The product, called DisposeRX, enables patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications by turning them into a useless gel. A DisposeRX packet is used by emptying it into a pill bottle with warm water to create the biodegradable gel, according to a statement from Walmart. The solution solidifies, and can be tossed out, making them inaccessible for illicit use.

"DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home," said Walmart in a statement.

PHOTO: White pills and a plastic prescription pill container. STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images
White pills and a plastic prescription pill container.

Beginning immediately, patients filling any new Class II opioid prescriptions, such as oxycodone and methadone, at Walmart pharmacies will receive a free DisposeRx packet and opioid safety information brochure when picking up their prescription.

“About one-third of medications sold go unused. Too often, these dangerous narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access." said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

The product will be available at all 4,700 Walmart pharmacies. The chemicals in DisposeRx are listed as safe by the FDA, according to Walmart.

In 2016, 46 people died every day in the United States from prescription opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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  • mm

    Aiding and abetting much?

  • WaismannMethod Rapid Detox

    It is very dangerous to keep unnecessary opioid prescriptions because of the high risk of addiction and overdose. Many people who abuse opioids obtain pills from family and friends, often by raiding their medicine cabinet. Having painkillers such as Oxycodone on-hand makes it easier for the person to take a pill at the first sign of pain. This can be problematic because the person stops taking their medication as prescribed and decides when they need pain relief. Now patients will be able to easily dispose of their left-over prescriptions. This helps to deter future addiction, but unfortunately, we still have a lot of work to do to help people currently suffering from opioid addiction.

  • I want darwinism back

    I don't normally praise Wal-Mart but to this I have to say good Idea at least some one with a national reach is trying to address the issue of leftover unused pills getting into people's hands who don't need them. Good job wal-mart.

  • positively4thstreet

    Given the absolute war on pain patients and pain meds there likely won't be much to dispose of.....there are pharmacies profiling pain patients and even refusing to fill legit prescriptions for them. Maybe that side should be heard too.

  • tet1953

    It may render them useless for getting high, but what about the environment? Putting drugs into the waste stream is never a good idea.

  • Donna Moore-Piland

    Thanks for adding to the hysteria. Love how you mix up pain pills with street drugs like heroin and illegal Fentanyl. Will you also add Krokodil to the mix, because that is what this hysteria is bringing with it.

    No, pain pills didn't cause this. People who want to play with drugs caused this and if they will shoot Krokodil into their bodies and rot alive, nothing will stop them.

    This media driven hysteria about pain pills is worse that the prohibition of alcohol, this blind hysteria has already done terrible harm to ALL pain patients, incuding those with intractable, lifelong pain. If someone doesn't want take these pills, don't. But no one has the right to inflict pain on others because of their own irrational fears.

    Drug abusers aren't the only ones who matter. Please do a story on the devastation this soap selling hysteria has had on the folks trying to survive intractable chronic pain. Those people are dying too. Do they matter?

  • Paul Hess

    You should mention that this product works on other meds, not just opioids!

  • LewTwo

    Is there a problem with just flushing them down the toilet ?

  • Guest

    The FDA/DEA tag team from Hades:
    The FDA, filled with Big Pharma executives, allows the unfettered unleashing of
    opioids onto the nation. Big Pharma makes trillions. People get addicted and
    move on to heroin. Drug cartels make trillions. The DEA is there to sweep up
    the lives caught in the scam, thus artificially creating a “need” for their
    constant funding. $29 Billion last year alone. Trillions over decades. The drug cartels are just the back hand of Big Pharma. The
    Iran/Contra scandal already proved that when the Reagan administration (Bush I
    and Rumsfeld, both major stockholders in Big Pharma) traded with Iran weapons
    for cocaine which was given to the Contras to sell for money to fund their US-backed
    terrorism. (This is treasonous act.) Remember, there was a trial and conviction of a Reagan Administration member for this.

    If you do not realize Big Pharma brought this epidemic onto America, you need
    to read more. One Big Pharma corporation (Insys Therapeutics) has been
    indicted for pushing opioids. The FDA has their scapegoat. You will not see any more indictments. The FDA will protect its drug trade. Read: “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher” by Olsen,
    and many other titles. The truth is out there if you care to look. It will take
    a little work. Don’t wait until it is too late for your family.