CVS moves to limit opioid prescriptions

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — CVS Caremark says it is taking measures to help curb the opioid crisis that is plaguing America right now.

In 2015, 52,000 people died from drug overdose–33,000 of those were from opioids alone. Since the early 1990s, U.S. opioid prescribing rates have more than tripled.

On Thursday, CVS announced it’s limiting opioid prescriptions, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, to a seven-day supply for certain conditions. The company is also limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the drug.

NBC News reports CVS is the first national chain to put restrictions on how many pills doctors can prescribe patients at any given time.

CVS is also making sure its pharmacists help educate customers about the risk of dependency when using opioids.


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