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CVS Health Grant Helps Patients Get Addiction Help

09.05.17

CVS Health is committed to helping put an end to the American opioid abuse epidemic, and to connecting those who are struggling with addiction with the resources they need to regain good health.

A grant from CVS Health to Morris Country Prevention Is Key allowed them to host two peer recovery specialist training cohorts. The training provided 55 specialists the opportunity to share knowledge in one-on-one, group, emergency room and correctional facility interventions, as well as become law enforcement response assistants throughout the state.

“Being a peer recovery specialist became a calling for me,” said Joe Bixel of Morris County Prevention is Key. “Knowing that I can take part in the recovery of one individual gives me a sense of purpose.”

Bixel is part of the Opioid Overdose Recovery Project (OORP) operating in all 21 counties across New Jersey, where drug-related deaths have increased dramatically in the last few years. The OORP deploys trained peer recovery specialists to hospital emergency rooms anytime someone is saved from an opioid overdose with naloxone. The specialist meets with the patient in the emergency room with the goal of getting the patient into treatment and long-term recovery.

“A person going through the struggles of addiction finds it beneficial to speak with someone who has had the same agonizing experience,” said Bixel. “In my own experience, this was crucial to my recovery from addiction to pain pills, which eventually led to harder drugs.”

“We are committed to preventing and mitigating prescription drug abuse,” notes Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy. “We support a number of best-in-class community partners to provide increased prevention, treatment and rescue programs that are helping patients in the communities we serve.”

“Seeing how appreciative the families and friends are when their loved one has been placed in a program is personally gratifying,” added Bixel.

Support for Communities Across America

We invest in communities to address the dangers of prescription drug abuse in many ways – from medication return units to prevention and awareness programs.

For more information about our efforts in the fight against opioid abuse, visit our Prescription Drug Abuse information center. And to stay informed about the most talked-about topics in health care, register for content alerts and our bi-weekly health care newsletter.

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