CVS Health expands opioid abuse-prevention efforts in 2 states

CVS Health reports that it has installed 19 safe medication disposal units in its pharmacies across Maryland, part of the company's ongoing efforts to address and prevent opioid abuse and misuse. The CVS Health Foundation has also given $85,000 to a Baltimore community health center that is dedicated to supporting opioid addiction recovery.

CVS Health reports that it has installed 19 safe medication disposal units in its pharmacies across Maryland, part of the company's ongoing efforts to address and prevent opioid abuse and misuse. The CVS Health Foundation has also given $85,000 to a Baltimore community health center that is dedicated to supporting opioid addiction recovery. Using the funding, the Total Health Care clinic will develop and implement a trauma-informed care model to increase participation in its substance abuse treatment program. "Launching our in-store safe medication disposal program at CVS Pharmacy locations in Maryland will help remove unused prescription medications from medicine cabinets where they could be otherwise diverted or abused," said CVS Health vice president of professional services Tom Davis. "We are committed to addressing and preventing opioid abuse through our support of the work that organizations like Total Health Care do to promote addiction recovery, which directly aligns with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health." Separately, CVS Health said that the CVS Health Foundation will make $330,000 in grants to California community health centers that are focused on increasing access to opioid addiction treatment and recovery services. CVS is also expanding its safe medication disposal effort in California, adding more than five dozen disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations across the state.