TAMPA, Florida – – Several HCA Healthcare West Florida Division hospitals are hosting “Crush The Crisis” opioid education and take back events with local law enforcement agencies on Saturday, October 23.   The annual events align with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and invites patients and community members to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.

“Opioid addiction is a national crisis and one that locally is affecting the health of the communities we serve,” said Ravi Chari, MD, President of HCA Healthcare West Florida Division.  “This is just one of several projects we are actively involved with to support local collaborative approaches to address the serious threat of opioid misuse.”

Local law enforcement officers at each of the “Crush The Crisis” locations will be will be collecting tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). All medications are accepted.  Items that will not be accepted include needles, syringes, lancets, inhalers or liquids. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the events, including masking and social distancing.

HCA Healthcare West Florida Division is actively involved with Tampa Bay Thrives and Project Opioid Tampa Bay.  HCA hospitals along the west coast of Florida provide a wide range of mental health services to the communities served, including Memorial Hospital of Tampa’s The Oasis, an inpatient substance abuse program located at the Tampa Community Hospital campus. HCA hospitals in the West Florida Division have also adopted progressive clinical practices including Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR), which is a multi-modal approach to pain management that has demonstrated significant improvements in surgical recovery and a drastic reduction in the use of opioids for post-operative pain relief. 

To further help combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare proudly partners with and provides clinical insight to the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. HCA Healthcare has committed $750,000 to the Collaborative to support the development of safer pain management protocols and reversal of the opioid crisis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 70.630 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019, with more than 70% percent attributed to opioids.

Participating in the Saturday, October 23 “Crush The Crisis” events along Florida’s west coast are the following HCA Healthcare West Florida hospitals and local law enforcement agencies, with times and take back site locations noted below.

Citrus County

Citrus Memorial Hospital & Citrus County Sheriff  
10:00am – 2:00pm
Homosassa Wal-Mart entrance, 6885 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa
Inverness Wal-Mart entrance, 2461 E Gulf to Lake Highway, Inverness
Lecanto Wal-Mart entrance, 1936 N Lecanto Highway, Lecanto

Hernando County

Oak Hill Hospital & Hernando County Sheriff
10:00am – 3:00pm
Brooksville Wal-Mart on 41 entrance, 7305 Broad Street, Brooksville
Brooksville Wal-Mart on Cortez entrance, 13300 Cortez Road, Brooksville
Spring Hill Wal-Mart entrance, 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill 

Hillsborough County

Brandon Regional Hospital & Hillsborough County Sheriff
10:00am – 2:00pm
Brandon Medical Plaza, across the street from the hospital, 425 S. Parsons Avenue, Brandon
Manatee County 

Blake Medical Center & Bradenton Police Department
10:00am – 2:00pm
Blake Medical Center, drive though event, in front of Medical Arts Building, 2020
59th Street, Bradenton

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota ER in Lakewood Ranch & Manatee County Sheriff
10:00am – 1:00pm
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota ER in Lakewood Ranch, drive through event, follow signs, 8500 SR 70 East Bradenton, FL 34202
Pasco County

Medical Center of Trinity, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point & Pasco County Sheriff
10:00am – 2:00pm
Pasco Sheriff’s Administrative Building, drive through event behind courthouse, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey
The Shops of Wiregrass, drive through event, 1st floor of parking garage, 38211 Pasco Drive, Wesley Chapel 

Pinellas County

Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital & Largo Police Department
10:00am – 1:00pm
Largo Medical Center, drive through event, outside of Medical Office Building, follow signs, 201 14th Street SW, Largo