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HCA Healthcare sets record by collecting 19,423 pounds of medication during fourth annual Crush the Crisis

HCA Healthcare sets record by collecting 19,423 pounds of medication during fourth annual Crush the Crisis

Today, we are proud to announce that HCA Healthcare collected 19,423 pounds of unused or expired medications during its fourth annual “Crush the Crisis” national opioid take back day on October 29, 2022. The amount is the most HCA Healthcare has collected in this annual event, eclipsing the 15,566 pounds it collected last year. HCA Healthcare has now collected approximately 54,644 pounds of medication since launching “Crush the Crisis” in 2017.

“We are proud to announce the remarkable success of this year’s ‘Crush the Crisis’ events. Thanks to the participation of our colleagues and communities, alongside local law enforcement, we have helped to eliminate a record-breaking number of medications before they fall into the wrong hands.” 

Dr. Randy Fagin, chief medical officer, HCA Healthcare’s National Group
HCA Healthcare colleagues at Riverside Community Hospital and local law enforcement smile for picture with Crush the Crisis collection site sign.
HCA Healthcare’s Riverside Community Hospital and local law enforcement in California collected 125 pounds of unused or expired medications during the enterprise’s annual “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day event on October 29, 2022.

This year, all 15 HCA Healthcare U.S. divisions participated alongside local law enforcement in a “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and the importance of proper disposal of unused or expired medications. An estimated 13.4 million doses of medication were collected at more than 100 collection sites across 17 states. HCA Healthcare’s “Crush the Crisis” events were held in alignment with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which collected 647,163 pounds of medication.

Medical City McKinney colleagues and law enforcement smile for picture in front of police car.
Medical City McKinney and local law enforcement collected 664 pounds of unused or expired medications during HCA Healthcare’s “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day.

HCA Healthcare facility events with the greatest amount of medication collected this year include:

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 up to a 44 percent decrease in opioid usage for targeted complex surgeries.
  • 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.
HCA Florida North Florida colleagues and law enforcement smile for picture with dog in front of a blue tent for a Crush the Crisis drug take back event.
HCA Florida North Florida Hospital and Gainesville, Florida law enforcement collected unused and expired medication during “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day on October 29, 2022.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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