November 06, 2020
Dallas, TX— Medical City Healthcare hospitals collected 1,200 pounds of medications during its “Crush the Crisis” drug take back events on Saturday, October 24. The events helped raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications.
Community members safely and anonymously disposed of unused or expired medications at drive-through locations at four Medical City Healthcare hospitals located in three North Texas counties. The events aligned with the DEA’s National Take Back Day and law enforcement officers from Arlington, Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth Police Departments were on-hand to secure the medications.
Medication was gathered at the following hospitals:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about two million people in the U.S. suffered from an opioid use disorder and more than 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2018. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. is seeing an increase in opioid usage, with 40 states reporting increases in opioid-related deaths, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).
“We are incredibly proud of these efforts to help ‘Crush the Crisis’ on opioid addiction,” says Miguel Benet, MD, chief medical officer of Medical City Healthcare. “With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic contributing to stress and depression, it is vitally important to remove unused pain medications from homes and to educate the community about the serious threat of opioid misuse.”
To learn more about Medical City Healthcare’s Drug Take Back program and find the location of a permanent drug take back box that is available 24/7/365 as part of Medical City Healthcare’s ongoing efforts to “Crush the Crisis,” visit Medical City Healthcare drug take back page.
About Medical City Healthcare
Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Medical City Healthcare strives to deliver excellence always — providing the highest quality healthcare in the communities it serves. With the resources and strength of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 184 hospitals in the United States and England, Medical City Healthcare is one of the North Texas region’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers. It includes 16 hospitals, 44 CareNow Urgent Care Clinics, more than 5,100 active physicians, 6,000 nurses and 14,500 employees. Three Medical City Healthcare hospitals are accredited comprehensive stroke centers and seven hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.