HCA Virginia Hospitals will be taking part in the “Crush the Crisis,” opioid drug take-back day, which will allow the community to safely dispose of unused or expired opioid medications.
The drug take-back collection sites will be available on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, 7607 Forest Ave., Richmond
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, 4600 Spotsylvania Pkwy., Fredericksburg
Swift Creek Emergency Center, 14720 Hancock Village St., Chesterfield
Volunteers 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.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription opioid involved overdose deaths in Virginia have not decreased since 2011, with the total reported deaths in 2017 alone reaching 404 people. Overall in Virginia in 2017, a rate of 14.8 deaths to 1,000 persons, versus the national average of 14.6 deaths, was recorded. This included a marked uptick in deaths related to the abuse of synthetic opioids.
More than 65 HCA Healthcare facilities across 14 states are uniting to collect unused or expired opioids for one day.
For more information, call 833-582-1970.
About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and four urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, four outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, and Spotsylvania Regional.