CVS Health expands West Virginia opioid disposal

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CVS Health expands West Virginia opioid disposal

By David Salazar - 04/17/2018
CVS Health is bringing medication disposal kiosks to 19 CVS Pharmacy locations in West Virginia. The kiosks, the first in CVS Pharmacy stores, join the five that CVS Health has donated to police departments in the state, and accompany a $20,000 CVS Health Foundation grant to Westbrook Health Services in Parkersburg, W. Va., to support opioid addiction recovery.

“CVS Health is dedicated to addressing and preventing opioid abuse and misuse in the communities we serve,” CVS Health vice president of professional services Thomas Davis said. “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 West Virginia, are an extension of CVS Health's purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Through the more than 850 units that CVS Health has donated to police departments nationwide, it has collected more than 140 metric tons of unwanted medication, the company said.

Grant recipient Westbrook Health Services offer behavioral health services in eight West Virginia counties. CVS Health said the grant will support the organization’s Community Partner Outreach Initiative for Healthy Outcomes, through which it educates and connects people struggling with substance use disorder to community programs and services. The grant will improve training, which will benefit 3,000 patients in Westbrook’s treatment center and 5,000 local students through community outreach, CVS Health said.

“The funding Westbrook Health Services received from CVS Health allows us to provide valuable training in substance use disorder for Westbrook staff and the community at large,” Westbrook marketing coordinator Liz Ford said. “Through this support, we are better able address the opioid epidemic throughout West Virginia, which is critical to delivering a healthier community.”

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