Originally published by CVS Health on April 25, 2019
CVS Health has made a commitment to help address the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids by designing programs and collaborating with community leaders, policymakers, law enforcement, health care professionals and others to increase community-based educational programs related to opioid misuse and abuse, create safe prescription drug disposal sites, expand access to life-saving antidotes and advocate for targeted and effective policies, locally and nationally.
Our comprehensive enterprise approach includes:
Safe medication disposal units installed in more than 2,800 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide
Donated over 1,000 safe medication disposal units to local police departments across the country
Pharmacist counseling for patients filling their first opioid prescription
Enhanced utilization management for our CVS Caremark clients
Community investments to support addiction recovery and prevention
Opioid abuse prevention education for teens and parents
Access to and advocacy for opioid-overdose reversal medication
Ongoing advocacy to promote prescription drug monitoring programs, prescription limitations, and e-prescribing
Board-level oversight of our opioid-related safety, programs and initiatives
Aetna has also employed a comprehensive strategy to fight opioid abuse, with the goal by 2020 of drastically reducing overprescribing and misuse.
Aetna’s strategic programs focus on prevention, intervention and support for treatment, including ‘super-prescriber’ interventions to physicians, surgeons and dentists with outlying opioid prescribing habits; Aetna Pharmacy’s Controlled Substance Use programs that identify and intervene with at-risk members; and the Guardian Angel pilot program to identify and outreach to members who recently experienced an opioid-related overdose.
Our ongoing opioid abuse prevention efforts and enterprise initiatives are supported by all parts of the company — including our CVS Pharmacy retail presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, CVS Caremark, our PBM that manages medications for more than 100 million plan members — and reach patients, providers, payors, advocacy organizations, elected leaders and community health advocates.
Working in collaboration with these health care stakeholders, CVS Health is committed to helping to address opioid misuse and abuse.
From in-store programs like our medication disposal units and first-fill counseling to guidelines for opioid utilization management for our prescription benefits members, we’ve taken a proactive approach to opioid abuse prevention.
We recognize the importance of tackling opioid misuse and abuse at the local level, with local solutions. To do that, we’ve launched education programs for teens and parents and committed funding to organizations across the country to support prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.
Our Board has made our commitment to help address prescription opioid abuse an important priority of CVS Health. Within the Board, the Audit Committee, Medical Affairs Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Management Planning and Development Committee each play a significant role in the Board’s oversight efforts.
Our Board is actively engaged in our efforts to address prescription opioid abuse through its oversight and review of the programs we are implementing to respond to prescription opioid abuse and working with our executive team as it develops new strategies to address it.