HCA Healthcare doubles collections on opioid take-back day

Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 08:03:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — HCA Healthcare more than doubled the amount of prescription drug medications it collected this year over last year at its “Crush the Crisis” opioid take-back day.

The Nashville-based company says it collected 13,523 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications during the one-day event that took place at 95 HCA Healthcare facilities across 18 states.

This year’s event took place on October 24, in alignment with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It aims to educate communities on the dangers of opioid misuse and the importance of proper disposal of expired and unused prescription medications.