Walmart Announces New Measures to Cut Opioid Abuse

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The new curbs will begin within 60 days.

On average, 115 people die in the U.S. each day from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Walmart's policy follows a similar initiative introduced by CVS last September to limit opioid prescriptions for new patients to a seven-day supply.

Walmart is also pledging to require patients to use e-prescriptions for any controlled substances by 2020, which they said are easier to track and make script forgeries or alterations hard. The company noted the electronic prescriptions can not be copied or altered and are less prone to errors.

A few months ago, Walmart revealed that it wil start a new program to offer free opioid disposal.

“We are taking action in the fight against the nations opioid epidemic, ” said Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Health & Wellness and Consumables, Walmart U.S. &ldquoWe are pleased to execute these policies and initiatives because we work to generate solutions that address this crucial issue facing both the patients and communities we function. Also, pharmacists will recommend naloxone for patients who might be at risk for overdose, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

It will also limit the dosage to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day. DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home.

Florida's law, which was passed this year as part of a larger bill, puts a three-day limit on opioids prescribed for patients with acute pain.

Walmart did not respond to a local newspaper's request for comment about its return policy at the time. One possible pharmacy that could do this is Walgreens.

"The company believes education on prescription drug abuse is a key part of the solution", Walmart said.

The Bentonville, Ark. -based company operates more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries, as well as ecommerce websites.

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