Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA) has installed safe medication disposal kiosks at 288 pharmacies across 21 states and Washington, D.C. The company is now halfway through its goal, announced in February, of installing the kiosks in 500 locations.
The kiosks are a safe way to dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions and are part of the company's goal to help reduce overdose deaths and the misuse of medications.
"Walgreens has taken an important first step to curb the misuse of medications throughout the country and continues to make progress in offering easy and convenient medication disposal," said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. "Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic."
Walgreens is also helping to curb the rise of opioid overdose deaths by making naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without prescription at more than 2,600 pharmacies across 14 states. Starting August 1, naloxone will be available without prescription in North Carolina and Wisconsin. It's already available in Walgreens in the following states: Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (including Duane Reade drugstores), Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington.
Last month, Walgreens announced an expansion of its digital coupon program, available to its 85 million Balance Rewards members. These members also have the opportunity to receive extra points for monitoring their health.
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