Published by Forbes

In another private sector effort to limit the availability of prescription opioids in the U.S., Walmart is introducing a new, free program for people who fill opioid prescriptions to help them dispose of unused pills safely at home.

At all of its pharmacies, Walmart announced it will give out packets of DisposeRx that people can use to chemically treat unused pills so they can throw them away at home instead of taking them to a pill-takeback program. Anyone filling a new class II opioid prescription (such as oxycodone) will get a free packet, and people with a prescription for chronic pain will get a new packet every 6 months.

“We have an important role to play as an entry point to healthcare,” Marybeth Hays, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness at Walmart U.S. said on a call with reporters. “We hope this new initiative is one step forward in helping to curb opioid prescription abuse and misuse.”