Walgreens Launches Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk Program in Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad joins Walgreens at today’s launch to help in
fight against prescription drug abuse

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens today is launching its safe medication disposal kiosk program
in Iowa with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at eight
Walgreens drugstores in the state. The launch is part of Walgreens
effort, announced in February, to install safe medication disposal
kiosks at more than 500 of its drugstores around the country.

Walgreens will be joined today by Governor Terry Branstad, Attorney
General Tom Miller, House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, Senate
Republican Leader Charles Schneider and Steve Lukan, Director,
Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, to kick off the program.

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of
unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled
substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost.

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Iowa
stores and expanding to other states this year, Walgreens is taking an
important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the
country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Richard Ashworth,
Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Everyone has a
role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed
to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks are currently available in more than 300
Walgreens pharmacies across 23 states and Washington, D.C. The kiosks
are available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most
kiosk locations) and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications
are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More
Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle
crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 15
million Americans misused a prescription drug in 20141, and
that same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
reported a national total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include
deaths from prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent
increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.2

In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose
of their medications, Walgreens continues to participate in DEA
sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, serving as a
collection point in communities for law enforcement to collect unwanted,
unused or expired medications for safe disposal. The company is also
collaborating with the American Pharmacists Association Institute on
Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies to continue to offer a substance abuse
education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists.

States where Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program has been

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho,
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin*

*Installation has begun in the state and is expected to be complete
in August.

Select Iowa Walgreens with Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks:

Ankeny – 901 N. Ankeny Blvd.

Cedar Rapids – 3325 16th Ave. SW

Clive – 12753 University Ave.

Council Bluffs – 2508 W. Broadway

Davenport – 1525 E. Kimberly Road; 1660 W. Locust St.

Des Moines – 3140 SE 14th St.

Sioux City – 1900 Hamilton Blvd.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com),
one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail
Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA),
the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More
than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities
across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health
and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores
with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes
Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer
Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s
2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs2014/NSDUH-DetTabs2014.htm#tab1-1a

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Increases in
Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths –United States, 2000-2014 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm


Michael Polzin