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Walgreens Stores Will Start Offering Free Drug Disposal Packets

Packets make it easy for customers to destroy, dispose of unused medications.

Walgreens is the latest company to announce new steps to help fight the opioid epidemic.

The pharmacy chain announced it will begin offering free drug disposal packets at thousands of stores across the country. According to the AP, the packets will turn medications into a useless gel before customers throw them away.

The packets, which Walgreens started introducing last year, will soon be available at Walgreens stores that do not already have a medication disposal kiosk.

You can click here to find the Walgreens location closest to you .

Last month, a study conducted by researchers at Penn State and other universities found that unused prescriptions by friends and family were the most common route to opioid addiction . The researchers said their findings underscored the importance of secure drug drop-off locations so that patients can safely dispose of their unused or expired medication. Earlier this year , several Giant Eagle locations started offering permanent Take Back Boxes .

If you're looking for a location to safely discard unused prescription drugs, you can click here.

You can click here for more information on drug abuse prevention, and resources if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction .

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