CVS Health is expanding its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program to a total of 1,550 kiosks, including 750 additional disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations across the country beginning with Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.
- Through this program, created with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, CVS Health has to date donated more than 800 medication disposal units to local police departments in 43 states, collecting more than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication.
CVS Pharmacy will also strengthen counseling for patients filling an opioid prescription with a robust safe use education program highlighting opioid safety and the dangers of addiction. This clinical program will educate patients about the CDC Guideline. Pharmacists will counsel patients about the risk of dependence and addiction tied to duration of opioid use, the importance of keeping medications secure in the home and methods of proper disposal of unused medication.