HCA Virginia
October 20, 2021

Richmond, VA – HCA Virginia Hospitals, including Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, LewisGale Hospitals and Reston Hospital Center, are hosting their annual “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications. Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. The events, which align with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, will take place on Oct. 23, 2021.

Event information

Facility Address of Drop Off Location Event Time
Henrico Doctors' Hospital Campuses (Forest, Parham, Retreat) Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute Henrico Doctors' Hospital
7607 Forest Avenue
Richmond, VA
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals Wegmans
12501 Stone Village Way
Midlothian, VA 23113
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
John Randolph 411 West Randolph Road
Hopewell, VA 23860
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
LewisGale Hospital - Alleghany Walmart
313 Thacker Avenue
Covington, VA 24426
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski Food City
1400 Bob White Blvd.
Pulaski, VA 24301
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
LewisGale Hospital Montgomery LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
3700 South Main Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
LewisGale Medical Center Cave Spring ER
2706 Ogden Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center 4600 Spotsylvania Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
10:00am – 2:00pm EST
Reston Hospital Center 1850 Town Center Parkway
Reston, VA 20190
10:00am – 2:00pm EST

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. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. is seeing an increase in opioid usage, and it is possible that a significant number of opioid addictions and overdose deaths come from individuals accessing unused opioids prescriptions of family and friends.

“Opioid addiction is a national health crisis, and it is imperative that we get unused pain medications out of homes where they can more easily end up in the wrong hands,” said Dr. Jake O’Shea, chief medical officer of HCA Virginia’s Capital Division. “We invite you to join this year’s ‘Crush the Crisis’ events to properly dispose of unused medications and help educate the community about the serious threat of opioid misuse.”

Law enforcement officers from local police departments will be collecting tablets, capsules and patches of medications such as Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxymorphone (Opana). All medications are accepted, however needles, syringes, lancets, inhalers or liquids will not be accepted. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event, including masking and social distancing.

HCA Virginia hospitals are participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s third annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. In October 2020, 95 HCA Healthcare facilities in 18 states collected 13,523 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications at “Crush the Crisis” events around the country. Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals collected 847 pounds of medications alone in 2020.

To further help combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare, the parent company of HCA Virginia, 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.

As a learning health system, HCA Healthcare uses data from approximately 32 million annual patient encounters to help continuously improve care. The organization uses 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): a multi-modal approach to pain management that has demonstrated significant improvements in surgical recovery and a drastic reduction in the use of opioids. HCA Healthcare data from 86,820 joint replacement, gynecologic oncology, colorectal and bariatric surgeries using ESR in 2020 revealed an up to 26 percent reduction in opioid usage for these patients. As of August 2021, ESR is live at 168 HCA Healthcare facilities, with the goal to make ESR the standard of care for all service lines, including HCA Virginia facilities.
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS): aims to stem increasing rates of opioid-related addiction, misuse diversion and death by making it more difficult for medication-seekers to doctor-shop and alter prescriptions. Physicians have access to aggregated electronic health record (EHR) providing data that will allow them to prescribe opioids judiciously.

To learn more about Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day, call toll free number at (833) 582-1970.