October 09, 2020
Hermitage, TN — TriStar Summit Medical Center will host an opioid take back event to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Called “Crush the Crisis,” the event aligns with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and invites community members to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. suffered from an opioid use disorder and more than 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2018. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. is seeing an increase in opioid usage, with 40 states reporting increases in opioid-related mortality, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). In 2018, drug overdose deaths in Tennessee involving opioids totaled 1,307, a rate of 19.9% vs.14.6% nationally.
“Stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be exacerbating the opioid crisis by causing many Americans to have feelings of anxiety, grief, isolation, financial worry, and an ongoing sense of uncertainty, affecting those with substance use disorders as well as those at risk of developing one,” said Tama VanDecar, M.D., TriStar Health Chief Medical Officer. “Now is more important than ever to get unused pain medications out of homes and to educate the community about the serious threat of opioid misuse.”
Law enforcement officers from the local Hermitage Police Department 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). Needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event, including universal masking, social distancing, removal of high-touch items and a drive-through collection option.
TriStar Summit is participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s second annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. In fall 2019, 100 HCA Healthcare facilities in 16 states collected 5,887 pounds of unused and expired medications at nationwide “Crush the Crisis” events.
“Crush the Crisis” will take place at all TriStar Health facilities on October 24th from 10am to 2pm. The community is invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications at the following TriStar Health facilities:
- TriStar Centennial Medical Center
2300 Patterson Street – Nashville, TN 32703
- TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center
355 New Shackle Island Road – Hendersonville, TN 37075
*(TriStar Hendersonville will collect medications from 9am to 1pm)
- TriStar Horizon Medical Center
111 Highway 70 East – Dickson, TN 37055
*(TriStar Horizon will collect medications from 9am to 1pm)
- TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital
1801 Ashley Circle – Bowling Green, KY 42104
- TriStar Skyline Medical Center
3441 Dickerson Pike – Nashville, TN 37207
- TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center
391 Wallace Road – Nashville, TN 37211
- TriStar Summit Medical Center
5655 Frist Boulevard Hermitage, TN 37076
- TriStar Spring Hill ER
3001 Reserve Boulevard – Spring Hill, TN 37174