Rite Aid unveils safe medication disposal program

Rite Aid announced Friday that it plans to install 100 medication disposal units in select pharmacies over the coming year. The move is part of the company's effort to fight drug abuse and misuse.

Rite Aid announced Friday that it plans to install 100 medication disposal units in select pharmacies over the coming year. The move is part of the company's effort to fight drug abuse and misuse. "Rite Aid is committed to doing its part to address this serious issue affecting our country, and the availability of medication disposal units inside select Rite Aid pharmacies is an important next step in our comprehensive approach," said Rite Aid president and chief operating officer Kermit Crawford. "Our pharmacists, as medication experts, are often asked for information on how to properly dispose of medication that's no longer needed, so we are proud to be able to offer in-store disposal and DisposeRx packets as solutions to our patients and customers," he added. The company recently announced that all of its pharmacies would provide free DisposeRx packets to patients with new opioid prescriptions and patients with chronic opioid prescriptions every 6 months. In addition, Rite Aid reported in April that the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone was available at all of its locations without a prescription.