Nashville, TN - On Friday, September 7th, TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center will be joining area TriStar Health hospitals to host "Crush the Crisis," an opioid take-back event. TriStar Southern Hills, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Centennial, TriStar Summit, TriStar Hendersonville and TriStar Spring Hill ER will partner with local law enforcement to host opioid-take back events at each facility. At TriStar Southern Hills, law enforcement officers from the Metro Police Department - South Precinct will be on site to help with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2016 there were 1,186 opioid-related overdose deaths in Tennessee which equates to 18.1 deaths per 100,000 Tennesseans. In comparison, the national rate for opioid-related overdose deaths is 13.3 per 100,000 persons.
"TriStar Southern Hills is committed to helping bring awareness to the dangers of opioid addiction and the importance of proper disposal of these highly addictive drugs," said Dr. Eric Schuck, TriStar Southern Hills Chief Medical Officer. "Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and unused opioids are a major source of misuse and diversion. 'Crush the Crisis' take-back events provide an opportunity for the community to properly dispose of their unused medication anonymously with no questions asked."
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). We will not be able to accept needles, syringes, lancets or liquids.
"Crush the Crisis" will take place at TriStar Southern Hills on Friday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The medication drop-off site will be conveniently located under the canopy of the Holmes Center, located just to the left of the main entrance. Please follow event signs to the collection site.
For more information, visit TriStarHealth.com/CrushTheCrisis or contact Joe Hagan at (615) 500-6060.