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Medication Disposal Units Installed in CVS Pharmacy Locations in Arizona

December 11, 2018 | Pharmacy

CVS Health Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer Thomas Moriarty speaks at the Arizona launch event.
Moriarty and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich show off one of the state’s new safe medication disposal units.
State officials and CVS colleagues were in attendance to celebrate the program expansion.

CVS Health has expanded its safe medication disposal program to select CVS Pharmacy locations in Arizona to help facilitate proper and timely disposal of opioids and other medications that could be diverted or misused if left in medicine cabinets.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and CVS Health’s Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer Thomas M. Moriarty attended the launch of the program in Phoenix, Arizona, in June.

"Every day, our pharmacy teams see firsthand the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse," said Thomas M. Moriarty, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, CVS Health. "Expanding our safe medication disposal efforts here in Arizona is an extension of the many initiatives in place across our company to fight the opioid abuse epidemic and fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

CVS Health also announced two grants awarded to Arizona non-profits to fund opioid recovery programs. ICAN, a family-centered youth service organization in Chandler is receiving a $25,000 grant to support the organization's Substance Abuse Prevention program. Additionally, El Rio Health in Tucson, Arizona's largest federally qualified community health center, will receive $85,000 to provide prescribers with support and education to appropriately and effectively manage their patients experiencing chronic pain and substance use.

These grants were made in addition to a previous $2 million national commitment the CVS Health Foundation made in support of Federally-qualified community health centers to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and other recovery services.

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.