HealthOne to host “Crush The Crisis” Opioid Take Back Day, Oct. 29

Hospitals to partner with local law enforcement to encourage the safe disposal of unused or expired medication

HealthONE hospitals are hosting their 4th annual “Crush the Crisis” national opioid take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and the importance of safe and proper disposal of unused or expired medications, on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event coincides with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and invites the community to safely dispose of unused or expired medication before they may be obtained and misused.

Prescription drug misuse is a public health crisis in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, almost a 15 percent increase from 2020.

Deaths related to opioids surged by 308% between 2019 and 2021, according to city of Denver.  At least 216 deaths in Denver have been linked to drugs so far this year, per data from the Office of the Medical Examiner.

A significant number of opioid addictions and overdose deaths come from individuals accessing unused opioids from family and friends.

The event aims to educate the community on the risk of opioid misuse, while providing a safe and anonymous way to dispose of medications that may be left over from previous procedures or other medical visits.

HealthONE is participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s fourth annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. Last year, 96 HCA Healthcare facilities in 17 states collected 15,566 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications at “Crush the Crisis” events across the nation.

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) and vape cartridges (without batteries) and pet medications will also be accepted.

Any medications are accepted; however, needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted.

HealthONE colleagues, including doctors, nurses and staff, and members of local law enforcement invite community members to safely dispose of unused medications.           

WHERE: Centennial Hospital, 14200 E Arapahoe Rd, Centennial, (collection area located in parking lot #3, south of main entrance of the hospital)

The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac Street, Aurora,  (collection area located in the parking lot north of the hospital on Potomac St. between E. Arkansas Dr. and E. Louisiana Ave.) 

North Suburban Medical Center

Thornton Police Department, 9551 Civic Center Drive, Thornton,  (collection area will be in the parking lot in front of the Police Station)

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, 2001 High St., Denver,  (collection area near Emergency Department off 19th and High St.)

Rose Medical Center, 4567 E. 9th Ave, Denver, (collection area located at the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation entrance off 9th and Clermont)

Sky Ridge Medical Center, 10101 RidgeGate Parkway, Lone Tree, (collection area at the patient discharge area on the southeast side of the campus, near the Emergency Department)

Swedish Medical Center, 501 E. Hampden, Englewood,  (collection are located in parking lot located just south of the hospital near the main circle driveway on Hampden)