[Pharmwaste] CVS launches medication disposal program in Virginia

Deborah DeBiasi deborah.debiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Mon Jun 18 09:26:39 EDT 2018


*CVS launches medication disposal program in Virginia*

Posted 6:20 pm, June 14, 2018, by Vernon Freeman Jr.
<https://wtvr.com/author/vfreemanjr/>, Updated at 06:37PM, June 14, 2018

CVS launches medication disposal program in Virginia


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RICHMOND, Va. -- In an attempt to fight opioid addiction and abuse in
Virginia, residents will now be able to properly dispose unused medicine
and prescription drugs at select CVS Pharmacy locations.

Attorney General Mark Herring and CVS Health launched the expansion of the
drug disposal in Richmond Thursday.

The program allows residents to bring unwanted and unused prescriptions or
over-the-counter medications to certain CVS locations and drop them in
these boxes.

"This is an important step in combating fatal heroin and prescription drug
overdoses and provides a safe way for Virginians to get these unused or
unwanted drugs out of their homes," said Attorney General Mark Herring.

Experts say safe disposal of unwanted or unused medication is key in
fighting the opioid epidemic.

"The key to addiction in all of medicine is prevention. When you think
about diabetes treatment, the key is prevention. Cardiovascular disease,
prevention is a critical thing. Addiction prevention... Is the key," Dr.
Peter Breslin, an addiction specialist, said.

The boxes are located at 32 different CVS stores across Virginia and at
most local police stations.
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