Walgreens opens 1,000th drug disposal kiosk in Las Vegas

Walgreens opened on Monday its 1,000th medication disposal kiosk in the United States at one of its stores in Las Vegas. The steel-box kiosks are available during store hours for people to drop off unused medications for free.

Walgreens opened on Monday its 1,000th medication disposal kiosk in the United States at one of its stores in Las Vegas. The steel-box kiosks are available during store hours for people to drop off unused medications for free. The kiosks help to keep the drugs' active ingredients out of landfills and sewage systems, and they also help to keep drugs out of the wrong hands. Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, who attended the kiosk unveiling, noted: "I'm sure everyone likely knows somebody who has a friend or a family member who has been affected by opioids and opioid overdose. This is truly, I believe, one of the public health crises of our time." Nevada now has a dozen of the Walgreens kiosks: one in Henderson, nine in Las Vegas, one in North Las Vegas, and one in Reno. Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, noted the kiosks have already collected more than 270 tons of unwanted medications nationwide since the program started 2 years ago. Walgreens plans to open another 500 kiosks in the future.