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Program now offering more than 1,300 safe medication disposal kiosks
Time delay safes expanded to more than 5,900 pharmacies to securely
store controlled substances
Walgreens today announced updates on its comprehensive efforts to combat
the opioid epidemic. The company’s first of its kind safe medication
disposal program has collected and safely disposed of more than 1.2
million pounds of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled
substances and other medications, reaching a significant milestone in
only three years since the effort began.
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“This is a true testament to how our customers and patients have
responded to the need for convenient access to medication disposal
options in their community,” said Rick Gates, Walgreens senior vice
president of pharmacy and health care. “We are proud to be the leader in
making ‘drug take back day’ available every day, just as we are grateful
to the organizations across the health care community who have joined us
to address the opioid epidemic.”
Walgreens continues to work with leading health care organizations
AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics to expand its safe
medication disposal kiosks across the country. Safe medication disposal
kiosks collect unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances
and over-the-counter medications year-round at no cost to customers.
Finding one of the more than 1,300 safe medication disposal kiosks –
available in 46 states and Washington, DC – has never been easier.
Through a collaboration with Google, Americans can quickly and easily
find the nearest Walgreens with a safe medication disposal kiosk by
searching online for “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal
“As a supply chain partner, AmerisourceBergen is committed to supporting
comprehensive solutions that help mitigate the impact of the opioid
crisis on our communities,” said George Rafferty, President of Corporate
Partnerships, AmerisourceBergen. “Safe storage and disposal of unused
medications is a vital part of addressing prescription drugs misuse.
This milestone represents how collaboration between all parties across
health care can drive great progress, and we are proud to be part of
“We are proud to be part of an effort to help reduce harm from
intentional misuse of or accidental exposure to unwanted medicines. The
impressive results after three years are proof-positive that much more
can and will be accomplished as the program continues to expand,” said
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer
“Prime continues to promote the safe medication disposal program as an
effective way to reduce misuse of controlled substances,” said Jonathan
Gavras, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Prime
Therapeutics. “Prime is also the first pharmacy benefit manager to work
upstream – using predictive modeling – to identify individuals who may
be at increased probability of receiving high dose opioids to help avoid
overprescribing in the first place. Getting ahead of the epidemic is
critical to truly combating this national issue and one that can save
As part of its continuing effort to combat drug abuse, Walgreens will
again participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held
on April 27 where select Walgreens stores throughout the country will
serve as a collection point for law enforcement to collect unwanted,
unused or expired medications for safe disposal.
To complement its existing safe medication disposal kiosk program,
Walgreens has committed to providing a year-round safe drug disposal
option in all of its pharmacies at no cost to customers. By the end of
2019, all Walgreens pharmacies that do not offer a safe medication
disposal kiosk will offer a take home safe medication disposal kit
available upon patient request at the pharmacy counter.
Both programs make the disposal of medications — including opioids and
other controlled substances — easier and more convenient.
Expanding Time Delay Safes to Further Prevent Diversion
Walgreens has also expanded its use of high security safes with time
delay locking capabilities in more than 5,900 of its pharmacies in 41
states and Washington D.C., as part of its effort to curb the misuse of
opioids and other medications.
The new and upgraded safes are designed to prevent diversion of
controlled substances by averting the accessibility of narcotic
medications by unauthorized individuals and have replaced earlier
versions of the technology previously in use in select pharmacies.
The safes are constructed of heavy steel and feature time delay locking
capabilities that, when activated, remain locked for several minutes.
This prevents the immediate availability of the items to secure
controlled substances, including opioids, frequently targeted in
robberies and thefts. Ample signage throughout the store informs the
public that time delay locked safes are in use.
High security safes with time delay capability are in use in pharmacies
across the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of
Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
Mexico, North Carolina, New York**, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont,
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
**Installation in New York expected to be complete in May.
The company plans to continue to expand the use of the high security
safes to all of its remaining pharmacies in the continental U.S. by end
Walgreens also stocks naloxone in all of its pharmacies and is able to
dispense the medication without requiring a prescription in 48 states,
Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
To learn more of Walgreens efforts visit Walgreens.com/combatdrugabuse.
Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains,
is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots
Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and
wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with
Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient,
multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted,
cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. As of
August 31, 2018, Walgreens operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in
all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com.
Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other
provider retail clinic services.
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