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CVS aids local police in safe drug disposal
April 25th, 2014
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS/pharmacy is working with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to establish a donation program that will enable local police departments to receive a drug collection unit to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances.
CVS said Thursday that as part of its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program, up to 1,000 receptacles will be awarded to police departments through an application process launching on May 1 at CVS.com/SaferCommunities. CVS and The Partnership at Drugfree.org will obtain the drug collection units from MedReturn LLC.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to combat prescription drug abuse, we have participated in events for many years with law enforcement to help safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medication," Josh Flum, senior vice president of retail pharmacy at CVS Caremark. "Through this donation program, CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership at Drugfree.org will now provide our communities with a permanent drug disposal solution at their local police departments."
CVS noted that it's the only retail pharmacy sponsor of The Partnership at Drugfree.org's Medicine Abuse Project, a multiyear effort to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription drugs by 2017.
"CVS is one of the founding sponsors of The Medicine Abuse Project and has been an exceptional partner in bringing the program to life in their stores, in the communities they serve and among their employees," stated Steve Pasierb, president and chief executive officer of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit group focused on preventing teen substance abuse. "We're excited to take this great collaboration with CVS to the next level through the donation of drug collection units to police departments nationwide. Having up to 1,000 additional collection sites will have a positive impact in reducing the availability of prescription medicines that have abuse potential."
CVS added that it's also a supporter of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is being held this Saturday, April 26. Nearly 200 CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide will host drug take-back events managed by local law enforcement agencies.
The drug chain has invited local law enforcement agencies to use its stores as Drug Take Back Day sites through its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program, launched last October. Through the program, almost 300 police departments also signed up to have their ongoing drug collection and disposal programs promoted in CVS drug stores. As a result, beginning in June, about 400 CVS/pharmacy locations around the country will display signage with information on drug collection sites at local police stations and other facilities.