CVS expands program to combat opioid overdoses

CVS Health is expanding its Guardian Angel program, designed to support people who have suffered from opioid-related overdoses, to include more services in North Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, Fla. 

The program was created in 2018 by Aetna, the health insurer CVS acquired at the end of 2018, in response to the national opioid epidemic, which the CDC estimates kills 130 people daily. 

In North Carolina, the Guardian Angel program will collaborate with Unite Us, a social care coordination platform that will give case managers a network of social services to connect people with nonclinical support, such as housing, food and financial assistance. 

CVS Health and Unite Us also launched programs in New Orleans and Tampa Bay, Fla., that will give people access to services including transportation, food, adult day care, employment help and housing support. 

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