Walgreens fights opioid crisis, adds 1,500 safe disposal sites

The Walgreens Boots Alliance announced 1,500 new safe disposal sites to address the opioid crisis in hard hit communities. Access the locator

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is fighting the opioid epidemic by expanding its safe disposal sites for unused medications to 1,500 stores.

Forbes reported that Walgreens Boots Alliance is specifically targeting stores near “military bases and other areas where the opioid epidemic has challenged communities,” according to an announcement Wednesday.

Walgreens said it will add 900 kiosks over a 10-month span to its already existing 600 safe medication disposal stations. The goal is to “make it easier for people to dispose of their unwanted medications,” according to Walgreens President Alex Gourlay.

The healthcare company hopes to collect 300 additional tons of disposed medication in the next two years.

The company previously expanded its drug take back program to 21 states in 2016.

Locate safe disposal sites on Walgreens ArcGIS website.

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