HCA Virginia Health System Hospitals are hosting their annual “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications. Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. The events, which align with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, will take place on Oct. 29, 2022 at the locations listed below.

In 2021, there were more than 107,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a near 15 percent increase in drug related deaths from 2020.

“As a leading healthcare provider in Virginia, we believe it is vital to increase awareness of this important issue and offer our community a safe way to dispose of medications to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands,” said HCA Healthcare Capital Division vice president of quality Elizabeth Mikula.

Law enforcement officers 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). Ointments, lotions, drops, liquid medication in leak-proof containers, vape cartridges without batteries and pet medication will also be accepted. Any medications will be accepted; however, needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted.

HCA Virginia Health System facilities are participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s fourth annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. In October 2021, 96 HCA Healthcare facilities in 17 states collected 15,566 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications at “Crush the Crisis” events.

As a part of their commitment to curb the opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare, the parent company of HCA Virginia Health System facilities, has worked with the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. HCA Healthcare has given $750,000 to the collaborative to support the development of safer pain management protocols and reversal of the opioid crisis.

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 decreases in opioid usage.
  • 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.

Facilities participating include:

FacilityAddress of Drop Off LocationEvent Times
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center4600 Spotsylvania Parkway, Fredericksburg VA 2240810 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Henrico, Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals7607 Forest Ave., Richmond VA 2322910 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany313 Thacker Ave, Covington, VA 2442610 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany1618 Main St., Clifton Forge, VA 2442210 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LewisGale Medical Center Cave Spring ER2706 Ogden Rd, Roanoke, VA 2401810 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski1400 Bob White Blvd, Pulaski, VA 2430110 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LewisGale Hospital Montgomery3700 South Main St., Blacksburg, VA 2406010 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Reston Hospital Center1850 Town Center Parkway, Reston, VA 2019010 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Reston Hospital Center, Tysons Emergency8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 2218210 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CJW Medical CenterHancock Village Shopping Center (behind Swift Creek FSED) 14500 Hancock Village St, Chesterfield, VA 2383210 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 FOR MORE INFO: For more information and other Crush the Crisis events being held around Virginia, visit www.hcahealthcare.com/campaigns/crush-the-crisis or call (833) 582-1970.

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 About HCA Virginia Health System

As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 27 outpatient centers, six freestanding emergency rooms and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. The private hospital system is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $105.7 million in charity and uncompensated care, and pays $88.9 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia hospitals include Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, LewisGale Hospitals, Reston Hospital Center, StoneSprings Hospital Center and Dominion Hospital.