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Walgreens expands medication disposal to 1,500 stores

Walgreens Boots Alliance is specifically targeting locations near military bases and other areas where the opioid epidemic has challenged communities


By EMS1 Staff

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is fighting the opioid epidemic by expanding its medication disposal stations 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.

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