CVS announces plan to bring two dozen prescription drug drop off locations to Georgia

CVS Health announced Wednesday that it is installing safe medication disposal units at two dozen CVS stores in Georgia. Speaking at a joint news conference with state Attorney General Chris Carr, the company said it plans to install the units at 750 locations across the United States.

CVS Health announced Wednesday that it is installing safe medication disposal units at two dozen CVS stores in Georgia. Speaking at a joint news conference with state Attorney General Chris Carr, the company said it plans to install the units at 750 locations across the United States. Carr said, "We have to continue to forge innovative partnerships to strengthen our response to the opioid crisis, and CVS Health's new initiative in Georgia is a great example of that type of collaboration. They want to make it easier than ever before to safely dispose of any unused, expired prescription drugs, getting them out of the hands of those who might otherwise abuse them." Brian Bosnic, CVS's division vice president, added: "CVS Health is dedicated to addressing and preventing opioid abuse in the communities we serve here in Georgia and across the country. Expanding CVS Pharmacy's in-store safe medication disposal program is one of the many initiatives we support to fulfill that commitment and our purpose of helping people on their path to better health." The total number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Georgia rose 117% from 2010 to 2016, from 426 to 929 deaths.