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Walmart announces way to dispose of leftover prescriptions

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NBC RIGHT NOW - Walmart is targeting the nation's opioid epidemic, offering a free way to dispose of leftover prescriptions. 

Customers filling "Class Two" opioid prescriptions at Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will receive a packet from "Dispose RX", starting Wednesday. The packet ingredients, according to the manufacturer, will break down any unused pills when mixed with water. That allows customers to safely dump them in the trash, keeping pills away from anyone who shouldn't have them. 

The Centers for Disease Control reports more than half of the people who abuse prescription opioids get them from friends and relatives. 

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