Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter met at a local Wal-Mart pharmacy with officials from Wal-Mart and DisposeRx to receive a hands-on demonstration of an innovative new initiative to help curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic.
Wal-Mart announced last week it would carry and distribute the opioid disposal solution, known as DisposeRx, in all of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide, free of charge. Additionally, pharmacists have been trained to help educate customers on how to safely and effectively use the product.
DisposeRx is a powder that when mixed with warm water in a pill bottle, creates a gel that can responsibly be thrown out with household trash.
Hunter applauded Wal-Mart’s efforts for taking the lead by being the first retail pharmacy in the nation to utilize the program.
“The pioneering initiative from a corporate partner like Wal-Mart is a positive step in the battle against the opioid epidemic,” Hunter said. “It is reported that more than two out of three individuals who misuse opioids get them from a medicine cabinet and approximately 80 percent of heroin users abused prescription painkillers first. This is a simple solution to the growing problem of unused prescription pain medication left in the household.”