Walgreens has launched a first-of-its-kind program to combat drug abuse.
Five-hundred stores nationwide, including some in Minnesota, will install medication disposal kiosks where unused and unwanted medication, opiods and other controlled substances will be accepted.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has pushed to pass legislation that provides consumers with safe and responsible ways to dispose of unused prescription medications. She says four out of five heroin users start out by misusing prescription drugs, which is why proper disposable is important.
Walgreens will also sell overdose antidote naloxone by the end of the year, which will be available without a prescription.
During a heroin overdose, opioids block too many receptors in the brain, which makes the person stop breathing. When the naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan. goes in, it takes the place of the opioids so the person can breathe normally.