Crush The Crisis. Opioid Take Back Day

Join us on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and help "Crush the Crisis" by participating in an opioid take back event near you.

Giving communities we serve a healthier tomorrow

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does the nation’s opioid epidemic. Opioid misuse is a public health crisis in the United States and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 5% from 2018 to 2019 and has quadrupled since 1999. More than 70% of the 70,630 deaths in 2019 involved an opioid. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Join us on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and help "Crush the Crisis" by participating in an opioid take back event near you. HCA Healthcare facilities across the nation will partner with local law enforcement to raise awareness about opioid addiction and to collect unused and expired prescription medications for proper disposal. This year, HCA Healthcare events will align with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Hospital staff, volunteers and uniformed law enforcement officers will be present at each collection site to help with the safe and anonymous disposal of your unwanted medications.

To help keep members of our communities safe, Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day events will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, including, but not limited to:

  • Universal masking policy
  • Appropriate, disposable masks available to all participants and attendees
  • Hand sanitizer available
  • Social distancing, at least 6 feet from others and not gathering in groups
  • Appropriate traffic patterns to collection site (one entry path and one exit path)
  • Food and drinks not allowed
Locate a collection site near you. Call (833) 582-1970.

Take action by safely disposing of unused and expired medication

Accepted Items:

The focus of the event is to collect tablets, capsules and patches of:

  • Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet)
  • Tramadol (Ultram)
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Morphine
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)

However, any medications are accepted.

Not Accepted Items:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Lancets
  • Inhalers
  • Liquids

Together, we can help “Crush the Crisis”

As caregivers and members of the HCA Healthcare family, we are committed to helping bring awareness to the dangers of opioid addiction and the importance of proper disposal.

For more information about Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day, call (833) 582-1970.