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Publix installs drug-disposal kiosk in select locations

The retailer installed drug-disposal kiosks in select pharmacy locations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Individuals looking to dispose of leftover or expired prescription medications can soon head to their nearest Publix to do so.

The Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer announced that it has installed drug-disposal kiosks in select pharmacies across five states.

Currently, the kiosks are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. A full list of counties and store addresses can be found on the Publix website.

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“We know many customers are concerned about where their unused prescriptions will end up,” Publix vice president of pharmacy, Dain Rusk said. “These kiosks are a convenient, easy way to dispose of medicines that are no longer needed.”

In addition to providing safe drug-disposal kiosks, Publix Pharmacy will offer drug-disposal packets to customers who receive a less than 28-day opioid prescription and for all other prescriptions upon request, the company said.

The packets contents, when combines with water in a prescription bottle, inactivate the medication, which can then be disposed of in the trash.

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Packets will be available free of charge to customers and can also be used on oral prescriptions.