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Walmart adopts stricter policy over opioid prescriptions

The retail juggernaut will also require electronic prescriptions for certain controlled substances, which will come into effect by 2020.

The company said it will comply with states that already have laws stricter than its new policy.

The retailers said Monday that within the next sixty days, they will begin imposing the time limit on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain, along with a mandate that the medications top out at 50 morphine milligrams per day.

The health and safety of our patients is a critical priority; that's why we're taking an active role in the fight against our nation's opioid issue - one that has affected so many families and communities across America.

Walmart is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control which found that people who were prescribed at least one day of opioid treatment had a 6 percent chance of being addicted a year later.

In states allowing access, the company's pharmacists will have access to and use the controlled-substance tracking tool, which helps pharmacists make dispensing decisions and provides real-time interstate visibility. DisposeRx provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids without ever leaving home.

Eventually, Walmart says it will only accept electronic prescriptions because they are more hard to alter.

The opioid situation is getting worse, with the drug now killing more people than breast cancer and guns.

As stated by the CDC, approximately 115 Americans die every day in an opioid overdose. Overdose deaths increased across all demogrpahics.

The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on proper opioid use when filling an opioid prescription at any one of its 4,700 pharmacies nationwide. This was partially fueled by the fact that some users may not realize that they are taking synthetic opioids. These initiatives apply to all Walmart and Sams Club pharmacies and pharmacists in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The stores are also providing additional education and training for their pharmacists on opioids and noloxone.

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