New unused drug disposal program aims to stop addiction

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Unused drugs can be dropped off at some CVS pharmacies around Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Clearing out the medicine cabinet of unused prescription drugs is now a little easier with the launch of a new program.

On Tuesday, CVS Health and the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General announced a new safe medication disposal program.

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In-store disposal units are now in nine 24-hour CVS Pharmacy locations, allowing people to drop their unused prescription drugs.

Two of the new units are located at the Harrodsburg and Todds road CVS Pharmacy stores in Lexington, and in seven stores in Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Georgetown, Louisville and Paducah.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says the program will help reduce the nearly 80 percent of heroin users who begin their addiction with prescription drugs.

“One of the most dangerous places in a home is a medicine cabinet with unused opioids,” says Beshear. “Thanks to this initiative, many Kentuckians now have a convenient way to make their home safer and stop addiction before it starts by safely disposing of drugs at their local pharmacy.”

Beshear says the program has the potential to dispose of more than 2.2 million unused opioids.

CVS Health says it will install units in 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S.