CVS Health expands opioid misuse prevention programs

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CVS Health announced Thursday that they would be expanding their programs designed to prevent opioid misuse, a growing problem during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to reach young people, CVS Health has launched a suite of no-cost digital resources for educators. The digital campaign provides educators with prevention education program materials for use in either a classroom or virtual learning setting. The standards-based curriculum, called Dose of Knowledge, features Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, and U.S. Women’s National Soccer goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, as well as several CVS pharmacists.

“The pandemic has brought new complexities to the way in which prevention and treatment services are provided, but early intervention remains as important as ever,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “Our work with Discovery Education accounts for the new definition of a ‘classroom’ and delivers the same impactful resources to students regardless of their circumstances.”

Additionally, the CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health, has awarded nearly $3 million in grants for treatment services in local communities. The foundation provided more than $1 million to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics to support addiction treatment and other patient services in 17 states, $1 million to America’s Essential Hospitals to support office-based addiction treatment, $500,000 to Easterseals in support of mental health and addiction recovery services for veterans and nearly $100,000 to Young People In Recovery for a digital life-skills curriculum to help recovering young people rebuild their lives.

Lastly, the pharmacy company will increase access to naloxone by offering free delivery of the opioid overdose reversal nasal spray in all 30 states where that is permitted. The company said that it would also participate in National Prescription Take Back Day on Oct. 24. By the end of the year, the company said it will have installed more than 2,900 medication disposal units in its stores.

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