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Walmart launches Opioid disposal solution to help stop abuse

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"Just when I thought my life was going to be taken away, and I thought I was going to be a drug addict forever... That changed very quickly. And now, I'm happily married and expecting a little girl." 

Heather and James Caristo once struggled with drug addiction, stealing pills from those they knew and loved. However, after graduating from the Christian-based rehab center called Appalachian Teen Challenge, their lives have turned around.

"It was a last resort, to be honest with you. I had been through several other rehabs, and nothing would work, and I was facing jail time. And I came into the program, and it completely changed my life." 

Another tool recommended to help with recovery is Walmart's opioid disposal solution.  Known as DisposeRx, it may help reduce the temptation to use old medications.
    
DisposeRx is a packet of ingredients now offered for free at Walmart pharmacies. When you empty it into a pill bottle and mix it with warm water, it deactivates any type of prescription drug into a gel. This allows patients to destroy and dispose of leftover medications by placing them in the trash, helping to eliminate the temptation of pill misuse.

Heather and James are hoping convenient disposal will help others struggling with addiction. 

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