Wal-Mart Joins List of Retailers Taking Steps to Curb Opioid Epidemic
Wal-Mart and Jewel-Osco are joining the list of retailers making efforts to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.The big-box retailer says it will become the first national drug chain to offer a free opioid disposal option at all its pharmacy locations. The Chicago Tribune reports Wal-Mart hopes to limit abuse of prescription opioids by making it easier for patients to dispose of leftover drugs. Meanwhile, Jewel-Osco is making opioid overdose antidote Narcan available to purchase over the counter, the company announced Tuesday. All patients filling new opioid prescriptions at Wal-Mart will receive a packet of DisposeRx when picking up their medications.
Total Retail's Take: As the opioid epidemic impacts more and more communities, retailers are taking steps to help address the problem. Wal-Mart and Jewel-Osco join CVS in providing alternative ways to dispose of opioid drugs. In addition to partnering with DisposeRX, Wal-Mart will provide ongoing counseling to prescription customers at its 4,700 pharmacy locations.
“The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that’s why we’re taking an active role in fighting our nation’s opioid issue — an issue that has affected so many families and communities across America,” said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S., in a statement.