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CVS Health expands 2 prescription opioid abuse prevention efforts

CVS Health is enhancing and expanding two initiatives focused on preventing prescription opioid abuse.

To do this, the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company will install an additional 1,100 safe medication disposal units in its CVS Pharmacy locations and local police departments by the end of 2019. This will bring its total to more than 2,700.

In addition, the company also is committed to reaching an additional 250,000 students and parents by expanding its opioid abuse prevention education program, Pharmacists Teach. CVS Health will bring the total number of participants and community participants reached to more than 655,00 by the end of 2019, the company said.

“CVS Health is dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent opioid abuse through our commitment to many different programs and partnerships, including increasing access to safe medication disposal and youth opioid abuse prevention education,” Thomas Moriarty, chief policy and external affairs officer at CVS Health said. “We have seen firsthand the impact our efforts have already made and we are excited to expand and enhance these initiatives even further.”

Th company has already installed safe medication disposal units in more than 750 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide and donated more than 900 additional units to community locations. CVS Health also has already educated more than 400,000 students and parents about the dangers of prescription opioid abuse with its Pharmacists Teach program, the company said.
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