CVS Health is preparing to expand the company’s safe medication disposal program in Rhode Island. It announced an effort Tuesday that will lead to the installation of 14 drop-off sites throughout the state, including at stores in Westerly and Charlestown.
Disposal boxes will be placed at the CVS pharmacies on Granite Street in Westerly and on Old Post Road in Charlestown. The company previously donated 14 disposal to law enforcement agencies in the state.
“With a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, we witness the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” said Tom Davis, vice president of professional services for CVS Pharmacy. The Woonsocket-baseed company said it was committed to fighting the opioid abuse epidemic and had collected more than 300,000 pounds of unwanted medication across the country.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said that the more opportunities the public has to turn over unwanted and unused prescriptions, the greater the that chance drugs will be destroyed rather than abused.