CVS becomes first national chain to limit opioid prescriptions for patients

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15: A sign is posted on the exterior of a CVS store on June 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WOONSOCKET, RI (WCMH) — CVS is planning to limit opioid prescriptions in an effort to combat the overdose epidemic.

CVS says it will limit initial opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for new patients. Pharmacists will be asked to contact doctors when prescriptions appear to offer more medication than needed.

The drug store chain also says it will boost funding for addiction programs, counseling, and safe disposal of opioids. This makes CVS the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients.

Click here to read more about CVS’s new policy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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