CVS to Limit Opioid Drug Prescriptions Amid National Epidemic
Major drug-store chain CVS Health announced this week that they will limit the amount of opioid prescriptions at their pharmacies. Pressure on pharmacists and drug companies alike to decrease production of opioid medication comes from the amount of overdoses seen across the US. Last year alone 64,000 overdose deaths occurred making this a certified epidemic.
CVS said in a statement, it would increase funding for addiction programs, provide counseling for those who need it and help teach how to properly dispose of opioids. One of the big ways CVS is reducing prescriptions is by limiting prescriptions given out to new patients and offering only a seven-day supply for minor ailments. CVS already reaches out to doctors and physicians for various reasons, but now they’ll contact doctors when they feel the proper dosage might be off for a patient. Another large component of the plan to reduce the amount of opioids available is to cap daily dosages and prescribe medications that will provide short-term pain relief versus the longer-lasting effects opioids produce.