CVS Health recently launched its safe medication disposal program in Indianapolis, IN. The new safe medication disposal kiosks inside 49 CVS Pharmacy locations will contribute to the 750 in-store disposal units the company committed to installing throughout the country.
CVS Health’s Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer and General Counsel Tom Moriarty welcomed local leaders to CVS Pharmacy in Indianapolis to launch the program. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Sheriff Tim Troyer and Chief Medical Officer, Riley Children’s Hospital Elaine Cox, MD joined CVS Health in highlighting why disposal efforts are key to combating opioid misuse.
Moriarty explained, “Expanding our safe medication disposal program is one of the many initiatives we support to fulfill that commitment and our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”
CVS Health’s comprehensive, enterprise-wide approach to help fight the opioid abuse epidemic includes many programs across the organization. The Pharmacists Teach program provides teens and parents with the facts about prescription drug misuse and abuse. The company is also working to expand access to naloxone (also known by the brand name, Narcan), a lifesaving drug that blocks opioid receptor sites to reverse the effects of an overdose. Naloxone is available at all CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. In 46 states, patients can obtain naloxone at the pharmacy counter without having to first obtain an individual prescription from a physician.
To find the nearest medication disposal unit, visit: https://nabp.pharmacy/initiatives/awarxe/drug-disposal-locator
For more information about our efforts in the fight against opioid abuse, visit Our Commitment to Fight Opioid Abuse and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our bi-weekly health care newsletter.