CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership For Drug-Free Kids Help City of Pevely Combat Drug Abuse and Safer Disposal of Unused Medication
The City of Pevely announced April 23, 2015 that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit. The new Unit will be located at the Pevely Police Department and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
The new Unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.
The new Unit will also help the City of Pevely prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.
The new Drug Collection Unite represents on of 1,000 Unites CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication for Disposal for Safer Communities Program.
The City of Pevely’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free number 1-866-559-8830 or visit. www.svc.com/safercommunities.