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I wanted to make you aware of an important announcement today by CVS Health that significantly enhances our efforts to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. These initiatives are company-wide and utilize all of our channels to help reduce the number of opioids that are dispensed as well as to encourage the removal of unnecessary medications from homes.
Key components of our approach include:
- Expanding our drug disposal collection program, with the addition of kiosks at 750 CVS retail pharmacies nationwide, adding to the more than 800 units previously donated to law enforcement;
- Strengthening counseling for patients filling an opioid prescription;
- Enhancing utilization management through our pharmacy benefit manager, CVS Caremark, to encourage clinically appropriate use, consistent with CDC guidelines, including;
A seven-day limit on the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy,
A daily dosage limit of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid, and
Use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed.
- Investing $2 million from the CVS Health Foundation to support Federally-qualified community health centers delivering medication-assisted treatment and other recovery services; and
- Expanding the reach of our opioid abuse prevention education program, Pharmacists Teach, to parents. To date, the program has reached more than 295,000 teens.
These activities build on CVS Health’s longstanding efforts to combat and prevent opioid abuse. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss today’s announcement with you further and to answer any questions you may have about these initiatives and how they build on our existing efforts to address and prevent opioid abuse in your community.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The CVS Health Foundation, American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative today announced that grants are now available to help U.S. colleges and universities advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The grants are part of aggressive efforts by all three organizations to deliver the first tobacco-free generation by accelerating and expanding the number of campuses across the country that prohibit smoking and tobacco use.
The announcement of newly available grants coincides with the awarding of $1.2 million in grants to 126 schools who are working toward a tobacco-free campus policy, the largest number of schools to do so at any one time. Spanning the U.S., the campuses include 43 major academic institutions, including Stanford University and University of Pittsburgh; 34 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including Howard University; and 49 community colleges. Grantees range from colleges in the early stages of building campus support for going tobacco-free to those that have adopted policies and need support to successfully implement them.
The grants delivered through Truth Initiative and American Cancer Society are part of Be The First, CVS Health's five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming with a goal of helping to deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health's efforts targeting college students meet an urgent and critical need. Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the U.S., more than 1 million have been projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking.
"We are at a critical moment in our nation's efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts," said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. "We're confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible."