HCA Virginia
October 27, 2022

Richmond, VA –HCA Virginia Health System Hospitals 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. 29, 2022 at the locations listed below.

In 2021, there were more than 107,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a near 15 percent increase in drug related deaths from 2020.

“As a leading healthcare provider in Virginia, we believe it is vital to increase awareness of this important issue and offer our community a safe way to dispose of medications to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands,” said HCA Healthcare Capital Division vice president of quality Elizabeth Mikula.

Law enforcement officers 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). Ointments, lotions, drops, liquid medication in leak-proof containers, vape cartridges without batteries and pet medication will also be accepted. Any medications will be accepted; however, needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted.

HCA Virginia Health System facilities are participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s fourth annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. In October 2021, 96 HCA Healthcare facilities in 17 states collected 15,566 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications at “Crush the Crisis” events.

As a part of their commitment to curb the opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare, the parent company of HCA Virginia Health System facilities, has worked with the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. HCA Healthcare has given $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 35 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 using pre-, intra- and post-operative interventions to optimize outcomes. HCA Healthcare’s ESR programs have demonstrated significant improvements in surgical recovery and patient satisfaction, including decreases in opioid usage.
  • 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 records, providing data that will allow them to prescribe opioids judiciously.

Facilities participating include:

Facility

Drop Off Location

Event Times

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

4600 Spotsylvania Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

10am - 2pm

Henrico, Parham, and Retreat Doctors' Hospitals

7607 Forest Ave
Richmond, VA 23229

10am - 2pm

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany

313 Thacker Ave
Covington, VA 24426

10am - 2pm

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany

1618 Main St
Clifton Forge, VA 24422

10am - 2pm

LewisGale Medical Center Cave Spring ER

2706 Ogden Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018

10am - 2pm

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski

1400 Bob White Blvd
Pulaski, VA 24301

10am - 2pm

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery

3700 South Main St
Blacksburg, VA 24060

10am - 2pm

Reston Hospital Center

1850 Town Center Pkwy
Reston, VA 20190

10am - 2pm

Reston Hospital Center, Tysons Emergency

8240 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

10am - 2pm

CJW Medical Center

Hancock Village Shopping Center
(behind Swift Creek FSED)
14500 Hancock Village St
Chesterfield, VA 23832

10am - 2pm

John Randolph Medical Center

411 W Randolph Rd
Hopewell, VA 23860

10am - 2pm

FOR MORE INFO: Click here for more information and to view other Crush the Crisis events being held around Virginia, or call (833) 582-1970.