News from the Front Lines
At Walmart, we see and feel the impact of the opioid crisis in the communities we serve. We are working hard to help protect communities and fight this epidemic.
May 13, 2019
Speaking Up about Opioid Awareness is This Mother’s Mission
Tristan Thomas had an adventurous spirit. He loved traveling with his family and on his own. He enjoyed mountain biking and exploring outdoors. He even moved from his home state of Arkansas to Seattle, which had been a longtime dream. But in 2017, at age 21, Tristan died of a drug overdose. Read More
April 16, 2019
Walmart provides critical prevention education in schools across the country
As a member of the Prescription Drug Safety Network, powered by education technology company Everfi, Walmart is helping bring a powerful prevention education tool to teens in high schools across the country. The interactive course, called Prescription Drug Safety, uses gamified technology to inform students on topics like safe use, storage, and disposal of medications, avoiding risks associated with prescription drug misuse and abuse, accessing help and treatment through community resources.
In April 2019, Walmart joined Indiana Attorney General Curtis and the Prescription Drug Safety Network for a first-of-its-kind Youth Prevention Summit at the Indiana State Capitol. The event centered around celebrating prescription drug prevention education, and empowering Indiana high-school students to use their knowledge and skills to effect positive change in their schools and communities. Read More
February 13, 2019
Facing the Opioid Epidemic in America
On February 13, 2019, Walmart hosted the Conference on American Life in Bentonville, Arkansas, part of which focused on the opioid epidemic. The above video features a relevant and timely panel discussion titled "Facing the Opioid Epidemic in America" that covers steps anyone, from municipalities to individuals, can take to help address the crisis.
July 9, 2018
Walmart equips its pharmacists with knowledge and tools to help prevent opioid abuse
Walmart partnered with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to create a comprehensive online training program on opioid stewardship, including a pain management curriculum. Every Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacist across the country – more than 18,000 total – are required to complete the APhA certificate program and are trained to check for indicators of potential concern before filling each prescription. No other pharmacy chain has such rigorous opioid training requirements. Read More
Opioid Disposal Solution
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. Read More
October 26, 2017
Walmart Supports State of Emergency Declaration on Opioids
Walmart, including its 5,300 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, expressed support for the administration’s declaration of a public health emergency on opioids, reinforcing the company’s commitment to be part of the solution to the epidemic. Read More