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CVS Health has completed the rollout of time-lapse drug safes at all of its 851 pharmacy locations in Texas, including Target stores.

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The safes are designed to prevent the possibility of pharmacy robberies and related diversion of controlled substance drugs such as opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. There are signs warning in each location that safes are in use.

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CVS, which began using safes in Indianapolis in 2015, stresses that those pharmacy locations saw a 70% drop in robberies after their implementation. Since then, the company has introduced time delay safes in 19 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in a 50% drop in robberies at CVS pharmacies in those local communities. In September, CVS added safes to all of its 223 pharmacy locations in Houston.

In addition to safes, CVS Health has installed 252 drug-disposal units in its Texas pharmacy locations and donated 69 units to local police departments in the state. So far, about 250,000 pounds of unwanted and expired drug have been collected in Texas.

The company supports more than 4,000 Safe Drug Disposal Units in CVS Pharmacy locations and through local law enforcement organizations nationwide that have collected more than 3 million pounds of unwanted drugs that would otherwise have been diverted to water supplies, abused. done or terminated.

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At CVS pharmacy locations that do not offer a secure drug disposal kiosk, the company provides DisposRx packets at no additional cost to patients filling out an opioid prescription for the first time. When added to a container with hot water, the packets break down the drugs into a non-reversible biodegradable gel, allowing for safe disposal in the trash at home.

CVS Pharmacy patients can now access the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone without an individual prescription at pharmacy locations in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.