Walmart and Jewel-Osco will start offering solutions to curb opioid addiction and overdose

Walmart and Jewel-Osco are the latest retailers stepping in to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Walmart announced a plan to make it easier for customers to dispose of leftover prescription drugs to restrict access and abuse. Jewel-Osco will begin offering Narcan, the overdose antidote, over the counter in its stores.

Walmart’s plan is to provide patients with a product called DisposeRX. Instead of keeping medications around the house, where they are subject to misuse and abuse, people can combine DisposeRX with their leftover medication to reduce it to a biodegradable gel. If a patient has a recurring prescription, they will be offered a packet every six months; they can also get DisposeRX at any time at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.

Jewel-Osco is supplying Narcan without a prescription, dispensed by a pharmacists for about $160. Walgreens and CVS began stocking Narcan in their stores last year, and Walmart will begin stocking it at the end of this month.

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Walmart and Jewel-Osco are the latest retailers stepping in to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Walmart announced a plan to make it easier for customers to dispose of leftover prescription drugs to restrict access and abuse. Jewel-Osco will begin offering Narcan, the overdose antidote, over the counter in its stores.

Walmart’s plan is to provide patients with a product called DisposeRX. Instead of keeping medications around the house, where they are subject to misuse and abuse, people can combine DisposeRX with their leftover medication to reduce it to a biodegradable gel. If a patient has a recurring prescription, they will be offered a packet every six months; they can also get DisposeRX at any time at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.