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Walmart tightening its opioid policies

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WSIL-TV - Walmart is cracking down on opioid over-prescription. The retail giant is limiting the lengths of such prescriptions and requiring they be filled electronically.

The company announcing that within 60 days, it will only fill first-time acute opioid prescriptions for seven days or less nationwide. It will also limit the dosage to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day.

The new restrictions follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

A CDC study found people who were prescribed at least one day of opioid therapy had a 6% chance of being addicted a year later. That rose to 13.5% for patients prescribed eight or more days of treatment.  

The CDC also notes higher dosages are more likely to lead to overdose deaths. 

Walmart will start requiring e-prescriptions for controlled substances starting in 20-20 in hopes of preventing fraud and minimizing error. 

CNN contributed to this report.

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