Walgreens marks availability of 1,000 medication disposal kiosks

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Walgreens marks availability of 1,000 medication disposal kiosks

By Antoinette Alexander - 06/12/2018
Walgreens celebrated a milestone on Monday as it reached 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosk installations at its stores nationwide.

Joining company officials to mark the milestone at one of its Las Vegas stores was Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, where Walgreens has expanded its safe medication disposal kiosks this year to 12 locations throughout Nevada.

"I was pleased to join Walgreens today as they installed their 1,000th safe medicine disposal kiosk," Sandoval said. "Kiosks like these are yet another tool in the fight against opioids and I congratulate Walgreens for its commitment to this fight."

The first of its kind program to allow for safe medication disposal in a drug store setting allows individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescription and OTC medications year-round at no cost. It makes the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours.

Walgreens safe medication disposal program has collected and safely disposed of more than 270 tons of medications — or the equivalent of about 150 cars — since the launch of the program in 2016.

“As we mark the installation of 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosks in our drug stores, we are truly inspired by the response to the program from communities around the country,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. “We are proud to provide a solution to get unwanted medications out of home medicine cabinets and avoid landfills while we continue to expand the program to address a real health crisis facing the country.”

Last fall, the company announced its partnership with health care organizations AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics to expand the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks to approximately 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide.