The opioid crisis in the United States has been capturing new headlines for years, but the extra attention it has received this year seems to be paying off, with a number of companies announcing new initiatives to address the problem. The retail pharmacy chain CVS was ahead of this positive new development, announcing their plans to limit opioid prescriptions to 7 days in the fall of 2017. The new policy was fully implemented earlier this year and went into effect on February 1, 2018.
Walmart has now become the latest company to step up to do their part, announcing earlier this month, on May 7, 2018, their plans to begin implementing company-wide limitations on opioid prescriptions. The new limitations will restrict the duration of new opioid prescriptions to 7 days and will limit the maximum prescribed dosage to no more than 50 milligrams of morphine, or its equivalent, per day.
These limitations are aimed at reducing the number of people who become addicted to opioids. Walmart also announced plans to train pharmacists to recommend the overdose treatment medication naloxone to high-risk customers.
Opioids are highly addictive and very dangerous. If you think that you or someone you love may be developing an opioid addiction, you should seek professional attention as soon as possible.
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