HealthONE hospitals educate community about safe, proper disposal of opioids

Denver, CO – In an effort to combat the opioid crisis, HealthONE hospitals will host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Members of the public can drive up to a location to drop off their medications and several law enforcement officers will be present at each location to collect and dispose of the drugs. We are proud to be part of the HCA Healthcarewide effort to help address the issue.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. Every day, more than 130 people in the U.S. die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

Volunteers from area HealthONE hospitals will partner with local law enforcement agencies for a “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. Visit www.HealthONECares.com/CrushTheCrisis for more details.

About HealthONE

HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 11,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE system of care, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes seven hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, CareNow urgent care and occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region. And, as the #7 corporate philanthropist in the metro area, and the only hospital system in the top 10, HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2018 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations.


WHAT: Crush the Crisis – Opioid Take Back Day

Accepted medications include: 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.

WHO:

HealthONE employees, including doctors, nurses and staff, as well as members of local police departments invite community members to safely dispose of unused medications.

WHEN:

Saturday, September 7, 2019 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE:

Sky Ridge Medical Center (Main Lobby)
10101 RidgeGate Parkway

WHEN:

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE:

The Medical Center of Aurora (Main Parking Lot)
1501 South Potomac Street

North Suburban Medical Center (at Thornton Police Department)
9551 Civic Center Drive

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (P/SL ER Entrance)
2001 North High Street

Rose Medical Center (Main Entrance Driveway)
4567 East 9th Avenue

Swedish Medical Center (Outside Emergency Department Entrance)
Girard Avenue and Pennsylvania Street