Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

Walmart offers free opioid disposal product in effort to fight painkiller abuse epidemic

According to the manufacturer, the packet ingredients will break down any unused pills when mixed with water, allowing customers to safely dump them in the trash keeping pills away from anyone who shouldn't have them. "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".

Wal-Mart, seeking to curb opioid abuse, will offer its pharmacy customers a product that dissolves unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

The retail giant announced Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 US pharmacies.

An estimated four million Americans are now addicted to prescription painkillers, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The company said patients filling any new class II opioid prescriptions at its pharmacies will receive a free packet of the product, called DisposeRx, when filling a new prescription.

"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. The tribe, which says it is prepared to seek damages against the companies in state court, notes in its suit that from 2003 to 2014, more than 350 deaths related to opioids occurred in Cherokee Nation.

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Safe disposal of prescription opioids is a necessary component to preventing overdoses.

Walmart is not alone in trying to address the opioid epidemic.

Walmart already was among those pharmacies that sells a product, a pouch, that is used to neutralize drugs.

Walmart touted an endorsement of its move from Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. "Too often, these risky narcotics remain unsecured where children, teens or visitors may have access." said Sen.

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