MACON, Georgia (41NBC/ WMGT) – The over prescribing and abuse of opioids kills about 60,000 people a year. Georgia leaders are teaming up with CVS Pharmacy to help get opioids out of homes.
The National Drug Take Back day is just once a year. CVS Pharmacy is making sure you can clean your medicine cabinets, often. They’re rolling out their Medicine Take Back Boxes to fight opioid abuse.
“The importance of keeping medication secure in the home and the methods of proper disposal. The opioid epidemic is no single cause and it doesn’t discriminate. It exists in our cities, in our suburbs and across rural america,” CVS Pharmacy Senior Vice President Brian Bosnic said.
24 CVS Pharmacies in Georgia will have the Medicine Take Back boxes. CVS also donated an additional 23 to police stations across the state. Georgia leaders, Attorney General Chris Carr and Senator John Kennedy, are teaming with CVS to get the word out. With the Take Back boxes, you can get rid of any used or expired drugs in your home.
“Because part of what we need to do and become of our regular routine is getting rid of any used or expired drugs in our medicine cabinets. Unfortunately, our own medicine cabinets are perpetuating this crisis,” Carr said.
Bosnic says they’re also limiting the opioid supply to seven days or less. Those limits are set by the CDC.
To find a Take Back location, go to https://doseofrealityga.org/