CVS plans to combat opioid abuse with new medication disposal units in 28 Ohio pharmacies

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the company has expanded its safe medication disposal program to locations inside 28 CVS Pharmacy locations in Ohio to help facilitate proper and timely disposal of opioids and other medications that could otherwise be diverted or misused.

The CVS Health Foundation will also provide an $85,000 grant to Cleveland’s Neighborhood Family Practice, a network of community health centers, to support opioid addiction recovery.

“CVS Health is dedicated to addressing and preventing opioid abuse and misuse in the communities we serve,” said Thomas G. Davis, R.Ph., Vice President of Professional Services for CVS Health. “We are expanding our safe medication disposal efforts to provide more locations where people can safely dispose of unwanted medications, getting them out of medicine cabinets where they could be abused. Our safe medication disposal initiative, and our funding for community organizations supporting addiction recovery in Ohio, are an extension of CVS Health’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The 28 new medication disposal units that have been installed inside CVS Pharmacy locations in Ohio will supplement the 33 units CVS Health has previously donated to police departments across the state. Nationwide, the company has donated more than 850 units to police departments, collecting more than 140 metric tons, or 300,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

The $85,000 grant being awarded to Neighborhood Family Practice in Cleveland is another part of CVS Health’s focus on preventing and addressing opioid abuse.

Neighborhood Health Care will use these additional resources to enhance screening for substance use disorders and to enter into a comprehensive partnership with a substance use disorder treatment center, allowing appropriate referral for all patients identified as needing services following screening.

“The funding we’ve received from the CVS Health Foundation is allowing us to provide essential integrated substance use prevention and treatment services to individuals with low income and lack of access to care,” said Jean Polster, Neighborhood Family Practice’s President and CEO. “Through this support, we are better able address the opioid epidemic in Ohio, which is critical to delivering a healthier community.”

The expansion of safe medication disposal to a total of 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. was included among the enhancements to the company’s strategy to address and prevent opioid abuse announced in September 2017. As part of that effort, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management aligned with CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark clients and members, complementing measures already in place. This work builds on ongoing programs the company operates including the Pharmacists Teach program, which brings CVS Pharmacists to local schools to talk to teens and parents about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.

More than 300,000 teens nationally – including nearly 14,000 in Ohio – have already participated in the program. CVS Health has also worked to expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in 46 states, including Ohio.

The 28 new medication disposal units are located at the following CVS Pharmacy locations:

590 East Market St.

1331 North Fairfield Rd.

212 West Bagley Rd.

2210 West Tuscarawas St.

17 William H. Taft Rd.

2007 Brookpark Rd.
3728 Pearl Rd.

4801 W. Broad St.

3920 Linden Ave.

21 Grant St.

7470 Sawmill Rd.

22001 Lakeshore Blvd.

Garfield Heights
11223 Granger Rd.

28 N. Brookwood Ave.

11706 Clifton Blvd.

111 South Memorial Dr.

820 S. Breiel Blvd.

5812 Ridge Rd.

1100 Hill Rd. N

2987 Derr Rd.

4121 Monroe St.

210 E. Emmit Ave.

West Chester
7217 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd.

620 S. Cleveland Ave.

4548 E. Main St.

6005 Som Center Rd.

100 E. Main St.

2846 Mahoning Ave.