On Friday, September 7th, TriStar Centennial Medical will be joining area TriStar Health hospitals to host “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take-back event. TriStar Centennial, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Southern Hills, TriStar Summit, TriStar Hendersonville, TriStar StoneCrest and TriStar Spring Hill along with local law enforcement will collaborate to host opioid-take back events at each facility. At TriStar Centennial, law enforcement officers from the Metro Police Department 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 Center for Disease Control, approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Health says more than 1,600 Tennesseans died from a drug overdose.
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.
“Our goal for ‘Crush the Crisis’ is to bring awareness to the dangers of opioid addiction and increase awareness about the proper disposal of these medications,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodrick, orthopedic surgeon with Southern Joint Replacement Institute. “Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and unused opioids are a major source of misuse and diversion. We want to provide this opportunity as a confidential and anonymous way for people to dispose of their unused medication properly.”
“Crush the Crisis” will take place Friday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in front of the Physicians Park entrance located at 2300 Patterson Street.
For more information, visit tristarhealth.com/crushthecrisis or call (615) 324-1702.