HCA West Florida Division September 04, 2019

Tampa, FL, September 4, 2019 – 

HCA West Florida is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to offer an opioid take back day on Saturday, September 7 at three locations as part of HCA Healthcare’s national “Crush the Crisis” to help combat the misuse of prescription pain medication.

Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. HCA Healthcare is helping to combat the opioid epidemic by ensuring patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment, raising awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction and providing proper disposal of these medications. 

Unused and expired medications will be accepted the following locations, including tablets, capsules and patches for Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). Needles, syringes, lancets and liquids will not be accepted.

  • Blake Medical Center & City of Bradenton Police Department  
    9 am to 1 pm - Blake Medical Center Medical Arts Building, First Floor, Room 1000
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  • Fawcett Memorial Hospital & Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office  
    9 am to 1 pm - In front ot Fawcett Memorial Hospital next to Valet Parking
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  • Palms of Pasadena Hospital & Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office  
    Sponsored by the four HCA Pinellas hospitals: Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.
    10 am to 2 pm - Proceed to the small parking lot to the right of Palms of Pasadena's main entrance then follow the signs to the tent.
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In 2018, HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division, headquartered in Nashville, hosted the first “Crush the Crisis” event. More than 224 pounds of medication, equivalent to over 100,000 doses, were anonymously collected across eight hospitals.

“We were excited about the success of our TriStar Division’s take back day last year and knew that with HCA Healthcare’s scale, we could make an even greater impact by expanding this program to more of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Michael Schlosser, vice president of clinical excellence and surgical services at HCA Healthcare. “Every day, hospitals across the country treat patients for opioid overdose in emergency rooms. Take back events are vital to helping prevent drug overdose, controlling illicit drug use and curbing our nation’s opioid crisis.”

A learning health system, HCA Healthcare has been using the science of “big data” to reduce opioid misuse and transform pain management, with initiatives in surgical, emergency and other care settings, including:

  • Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR)/ALTernatives to Opioids in the Emergency Room (ALTO in the ER): HCA Healthcare focuses on a multi-modal approach to acute pain management. This means two or more methods or medications are used to reduce the need for opioids to manage a patient’s pain while recovering from surgery or in the emergency room. As of August 2019, ESR is live at 140 HCA Healthcare facilities, with the goal to implement in all facilities, in at least one major service line, by the end of 2019. ALTO protocols will be expanded enterprise-wide by the end of 2019.
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS): Physicians have access to aggregated electronic health records that make it more difficult for medication-seekers to doctor-shop or alter prescriptions. ECPS is available across HCA Healthcare.

We are working to create healthier communities by partnering with our colleagues, patients and neighbors and engaging on important healthcare issues such as this one,” said Joanne Pulles, vice president of community engagement at HCA Healthcare and president of The HCA Foundation. “The abuse of prescription drugs too often starts when family or friends obtain medications from home medicine cabinets. We urge people to take three simple steps: clean out your medicine cabinet, collect medications that are no longer needed and safely dispose of them at one of our ‘Crush the Crisis’ take back locations.”

Please click here for more information on HCA Healthcare’s “Crush the Crisis” collection sites.