CVS Health brings 2 opioid efforts to New Hampshire

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CVS Health brings 2 opioid efforts to New Hampshire

CVS Health is stepping up it efforts to curb opioid abuse in New Hampshire. In addition to bringing medication disposal kiosks to two locations in the state, the company also is committing more than $60,000 in funding to three non-profits working to combat and address opioid abuse.

“Pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare professionals in the community, where we have witnessed the impacts of the epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” CVS Health vie president of professional services Thomas Davis said. “Expanding our safe medication disposal efforts and funding community organizations in New Hampshire is an extension of our commitment to address and prevent opioid abuse in the communities we serve and fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The new kiosks are located at a location in Nashua and another in Keene, both of which are 24-hour pharmacies. These will supplement the 15 kiosks CVS Health donated to police departments in New Hampshire.

The funding will support three nonprofits — SOS Recovery Community Organization, based in Somersworth; Hope on Haven Hill, based in Rochester; and Concord-based Concord Hospital Trust.

SOS Recovery Community Organization is receiving $20,000 to increase capacity of its peer recovery coaches and recruit and train new recovery coaches. Hope on Heaven Hill is receiving $10,000 to train staff and volunteers to help women who are new parents obtain recovery and learn coping skills. Concord Hospital Trust will put the $30,000 it’s receiving toward implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment screenings through its primary care pratices. The grant also will enable professional development for staff members around addiction and mental illness.

CVS Health has now brought disposal kiosks to roughly 750 locations while also working to educate communities about the dangers of opioid abuse and misuse through its Pharmacists Teach Program. These efforts are in addition to others being undertaken through the company's CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits manager.