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We are building healthier communities


Among our many corporate social responsibility initiatives, CVS Health has expanded longstanding efforts at fighting opioid abuse and discouraging tobacco use.

More than 130 people in the United States die each day after overdosing on opioids. For the past several years, CVS Health has led a multipronged effort to combat this scourge. Our Pharmacists Teach community outreach program, developed with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, has educated nearly 400,000 teens and parents on prescription drug abuse prevention since 2015. We also strengthened counseling for patients filling their first opioid prescription, helping them to understand the risk of dependence and importance of safe storage and disposal. Meanwhile, the safe medication disposal units we have donated to law enforcement and installed in our stores have collected more than 436,000 pounds of unwanted medication. We have also expanded our efforts at educating patients about naloxone’s ability to reverse opioid overdose and made this life-saving medication available to patients at CVS Pharmacy locations in 48 states—with no prescription required.

More than two years ago, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation launched our Be the First initiative aimed at delivering the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. This five-year, $50 million commitment has yielded significant progress at preventing tobacco use among youth and young adults, but our work continues. In 2018, we awarded $10 million to support evidence-based youth smoking prevention and education programs and strategies in the United States. Our donations included a $1.4 million grant to the play2PREVENTTM Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games.

Visit CVSHealth.com to download the newly published CVS Health 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. It provides a comprehensive overview of our initiatives, including our work at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, our support of veterans transitioning from military life, and our efforts at promoting diversity in the workplace.


$100 million

contributed to community health and disaster relief efforts in 2018

Committed to reducing emissions by


from 2010 to 2030


3 million

patients received enhanced opioid counseling from CVS Pharmacists