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D.C. CVS stores instituting drug disposal bins to help combat opioid epidemic

The number of deaths from opioids in D.C. has soared from 83 in 2014 to 216 in 2017. (ABC7)

Representatives from D.C. law enforcement and the health department came to the DuPont Circle CVS on Monday, where a company vice president announced that three of its 65 D.C. stores will have unwanted drug disposal bins.

Its aim is to keep opioids out of the hands of drug abusers, where the number of deaths from opioids in D.C. has soared from 83 in 2014 to 216 in 2017.

With the addition of three CVS stores, plus two Walgreens store disposals, there are now five locations in the city.

CVS says it eventually wants more than 270 such sites nationwide.

The number of people dying of opioid overdose in D.C. is currently twice its homicide rate.


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