HCA Healthcare collects 13,136 pounds of medication during fifth annual “Crush the Crisis”

HCA Florida West Hospital (Pensacola, Florida)

We are proud to announce that HCA Healthcare collected 13,136 pounds of unused or expired medications during its fifth annual “Crush the Crisis” prescription drug take back day on October 28, 2023. Our organization has now collected more than 67,500 pounds of medication since launching “Crush the Crisis” as an enterprise initiative in 2019.

“At our core, we are people taking care of people, and ‘Crush the Crisis’ is a great example of our dedication to that goal. We are proud to have worked alongside our colleagues, neighbors and local law enforcement teams at more than 130 collection sites to collect unused or expired medication before it could fall into the wrong hands.”

Dr. Randy Fagin, chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare’s National Group

This year, all 15 HCA Healthcare U.S. divisions participated alongside local law enforcement in a “Crush the Crisis” prescription drug take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of proper disposal of unused or expired medications. An estimated 9 million doses of medication were collected at 132 collection sites across 15 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 599,897 pounds of medication.

HCA Healthcare colleagues with Crush the Crisis t-shirts in the cold temperatures outside The Medical Center of Aurora
HCA Healthcare colleagues at The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado braved the snow and cold temperatures to collect 670 pounds of unused or expired medication on Oct. 28, 2023.

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

HCA Healthcare colleagues at a Crush the Crisis site
As a part of HCA Healthcare’s annual Crush the Crisis campaign, CJW Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia collected 601 pounds of unused or expired medication on Oct. 28, 2023.

Additionally, HCA Healthcare uses data from approximately 37 million annual patient encounters to help continuously improve care. The organization uses the science of “big data” in its efforts to reduce prescription drug 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.
  • 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 Healthcare colleagues standing outside the McKinney Police Department in the rain.
HCA Healthcare affiliate Medical City McKinney in Texas partnered with the McKinney Police Department on the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to collect 544 pounds of unused or expired medication on Oct. 28, 2023.

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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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