Walmart and Sam’s Club will be participating in medication disposal efforts this October as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
On Oct. 24, the retailers will be hosting in-person events at select store locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, there are in-pharmacy disposal kiosks being installed in approximately 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations by the end of 2020, which will be available year-round.
“We recognize the potential danger for misuse and abuse of prescription medications when they fall into the wrong hands. By offering a range of options for safe medication disposal, we can help our customers prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse,” Lisa Smith, senior director of Walmart U.S. Health & Wellness’clinical team.
Currently, the DEA’s Drug Take Back website lists three Walmart locations in Arkansas as drug take back locations. These locations include a Walmart in Bryant, a Walmart in Monticello, and a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Sherwood.
Launched in 2010, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to give individuals opportunities to dispose of unwanted or unneeded prescription medication to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Additional drug take back locations can be found on the DEA’s website.