November 1, 2019
The install is part of the pharmacy's effort to dispose of unused medications — especially opioids — to lower the risk that they might be misused
CVS Pharmacy announced it has installed safe medication disposal kiosks at store locations across Ohio, claiming every CVS in the state now has access to drug disposal — specifically opioid disposal — options.
"As part of its expanded efforts, the company announced the completed installation of 53 safe medication disposal kiosks in select CVS Pharmacy locations in communities across the state, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, adding to the 29 in-store units previously installed and 38 units donated to local law enforcement," a release reads.
The release also notes that CVS locations that do not have a disposal kiosk will be offering DisposeRX packets for free to turn unused opioid medication into a biodegradable gel for safe disposal at home. Starting in 2020, any and all CVS locations sans kiosk will be giving DisposeRX packets for free to patients filling opioid prescriptions for the first time.
“When patients leave unused medications — especially opioids — in a medicine cabinet, there is a risk that those medications might be misused or diverted, which is why we have worked to help increase access to and awareness of safe medication disposal options in the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Rudell, district leader of CVS Health, in the same release. “Providing more options for the proper disposal of unused medications in our stores and in the home is just one of the ways we’re working to help combat opioid misuse across the country.”
DisposeRX disposal packets use powder and water to dissolve unused opioid medicationPhoto: Provided by CVS
CVS says that through its in-store kiosks and kiosk donations to law enforcement (more than 990 have been donated), "more than 1.1 million pounds of unwanted medication has been collected, including 36,000 pounds in Ohio alone."
At a press conference in Dayton, Ohio, CVS made a pledge to install 1,000 kiosks at pharmacies across America and to donate up to 400 kiosks to law enforcement in 2020. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was present at the CVS press event.
“The effort to combat opioid misuse continues across the state of Ohio and nationally,” said Whaley, according to a release. “Making sure unused prescription opioids don’t end up in the wrong hands is an important step. I commend CVS Health for making it easier for families to get rid of these dangerous and highly addictive drugs in their stores and through in-home disposal kits.”
CVS also provides access to and education about naloxone, or Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug. Narcan can be obtained over-the-counter in Ohio and can potentially save lives by reversing an opioid overdose.