In January 2018, Walmart Inc. launched a first-of-its-kind opioid disposal solution, DisposeRx. Patients filling any new Schedule II opioid prescription at the company’s pharmacies receive a free DisposeRx packet. Patients with chronic Schedule II opioid prescriptions are offered a free DisposeRx packet every six months. Walmart and Sam’s Clubs offers DisposeRx packets to customers allowing them to responsibly handle any waste medication and minimize the risk of inappropriate use or diversion. The medication can then be disposed of in the household trash.*
This disposal solution is provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at any one of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide. Pharmacists counsel patients on how to use DisposeRx and distribute an opioid awareness brochure outlining risks and helpful resources. Existing pharmacy patients can also request a free DisposeRx packet at any time. In addition to offering DisposeRx for free to patients with new and existing Schedule II opioid prescriptions, Walmart will increase accessibility of DisposeRx by making the packets available online for sale on Walmart.com.
*Should occur in accordance with state and local waste disposal rules