Today, Friday, September 7th, TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center will be joining area TriStar Health hospitals to host “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take-back event. TriStar Southern Hills, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Centennial, TriStar Summit, TriStar Hendersonville and TriStar Spring Hill ER will partner with local law enforcement to host opioid-take back events at each facility. At TriStar Spring Hill, law enforcement officers 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 National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2016 there were 1,186 opioid-related overdose deaths in Tennessee which equates to 18.1 deaths per 100,000 Tennesseans. In comparison, the national rate for opioid-related overdose deaths is 13.3 per 100,000 persons.
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.
“Crush the Crisis” will take place at TriStar Spring Hill on Friday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit TriStarHealth.com/CrushTheCrisis or contact Joe Hagan at 615.500.6060.