WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy announced plans to collect expired or unused medications from the public at two collection events in Rhode Island in April.
"This spring season is the perfect time for consumers to clean out their medicine cabinets to dispose of medications that have expired or are otherwise no longer being used," stated Papatya Tankut, VP of pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. "By bringing these unwanted drugs to a CVS collection event in April, consumers will be helping to protect the environment. All medications collected at these events will be properly disposed of and destroyed."
As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches on April 22, the retailer will help consumers properly dispose of their unwanted medication on April 3 at the CVS store in Coventry and again on April 10 at the CVS store in Cranston.
The collection events will be held in the parking lot of each location and CVS pharmacists will staff an on-site Mobile Pharmacy Unit to identify and catalogue the returned drugs.
The events will be conducted with the support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Rhode Island State Board of Pharmacy, and the Coventry and Cranston Police Departments. Local police departments will be present at both collection events to take possession of any controlled substances that are brought for disposal.