MANCHIN STATEMENT ON CVS DECISION TO MAKE PROACTIVE CHANGES TO PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES
Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement of CVS Health’s initiatives to limit the number of opioid pills prescribed to what the patient needs, boosting funding for addiction programs and counseling, and strengthening programs for the safe disposal of opioids will combat prescription abuse.
“I am thankful and appreciative of CVS Health’s decision to make these proactive changes to combat the opioid epidemic that is plaguing West Virginia,” Senator Manchin said. “It is my hope that other stakeholders take notice and engage in similar practices. As the senior Senator from West Virginia, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse on individuals, families, and communities in my home state. This trend cannot continue, which is why I am pleased to know that CVS Health will be implementing strong guidelines and providing more education and awareness on the dangers of opioids. While I applaud the efforts of CVS Health, there is more that has to be done. All stakeholders – physicians, pharmacies, community leaders, law enforcement, and countless others – must come together to find common sense solutions to this problem.”
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