January 15, 2018

CVS planning 42 Mass. drug disposal centers

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Gov. Charlie Baker, here signing an opioid bill at the Statehouse, has joined with CVS to help address opioid addiction that can start through prescription drugs.

Forty-two new disposal units are planned at CVS pharmacies in Massachusetts to make it easier for people to safely get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications, a development that state officials say will help address opioid abuse.

"Addiction can often start at home in our own medication cabinets, and today we are pleased to partner with CVS Health and build on efforts to address this public health crisis across the Commonwealth," Gov. Charlie Baker, who visited a CVS pharmacy in Medford on Friday, said in a statement.

The units will be available for drug disposal during regular pharmacy hours. The locations have not been announced.

To address the opioid crisis, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation also announced $150,000 in grants to programs at Boston Medical Center, Mattapan Community Health Center and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.

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