Our Commitment Starts Here

Published on September 30, 2019 and last updated on September 30, 2019

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Our Commitment Starts Here

The opioid epidemic continues to take a devastating toll on the health and economic vitality of millions of Americans. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than two million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.

Fighting Against America’s Opioid Crisis

At Walmart, we see and feel the impact of the opioid crisis in the communities we serve. Our mission is to help people “live better,” and this means helping to fight the opioid crisis facing our country.

As part of our commitment, in early 2017, we established the Walmart Opioid Stewardship Initiative to identify concrete, high-impact actions to help fight the opioid epidemic. The Initiative focuses on supporting solutions in three core areas:

Adopting policies and practices to help safeguard our patients
Supporting education programs for our patients, pharmacists, associates and communities
Supporting legislation and public policy solutions aimed at reducing opioid misuse and dependence

Our efforts, together with those of governments at the state and federal levels and others in the private sector, are beginning to yield results. But more work needs to be done. In the coming year, we will be working with individuals and organizations in our communities to expand our Opioid Stewardship Initiative even further.

Together, we can help make a difference.