October 25, 2019


DES MOINES, Ia.—To further assist in combatting the national opioid epidemic, Hy-Vee has announced it has purchased and will install drug take back receptacles by November 7th  at all 276 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations throughout its eight-state region,  to provide customers a secure place to dispose of unused medications, including controlled substances.


The availability of drug take back receptacles in all Hy-Vee pharmacies provides customers with a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired drugs in communities throughout the Midwest and remove them from the environment.


In addition, Hy-Vee announces that effective immediately, all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations will limit the initial quantity of opioids prescribed for treatment of acute pain to seven days – or fewer days where state law or a third-party payor requires.


The new seven-day limit does not apply to chronic pain; pain being treated as a part of cancer care, hospice or other end-of-life care; pain being treated as part of palliative care practices; and medications used to treat opioid addiction.