November 28, 2022
Houston, TX – HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division announced that it collected 357.5 pounds of medications as part of HCA Healthcare’s fourth annual “Crush the Crisis” national opioid take back day on Saturday, October 29, 2022. This year, all 15 HCA Healthcare U.S. divisions participated in a “Crush the Crisis” take back day, collecting 19,423 pounds or 13.4 million doses of unused or expired medication at more than 100 collection sites across 17 states.
HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Corpus Christi Medical Center and Valley Regional Medical Center participated in HCA Healthcare’s annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day, collecting 357.5 pounds in the Gulf Coast Division.
Held in alignment with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, “Crush the Crisis” aims to raise awareness about the danger of opioid misuse and the importance of safe and proper disposal of unused or expired medications.
As part of HCA Healthcare, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is part of a health system that also uses science of “big data” to reduce opioid misuse and transform pain management, with initiatives in surgical, emergency and other care settings, including:
- Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR): a multi-modal approach to pain management using pre, intra and post-operative interventions to optimize outcomes. HCA Healthcare’s ESR programs have demonstrated significant improvements in surgical recovery and patient satisfaction, including decreases in opioid usage.
- Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS): aims to stem increasing rates of opioid-related addiction, misuse diversion and death by making it more difficult for medication-seekers to doctor-shop and alter prescriptions. Physicians have access to aggregated electronic health records, providing data that will allow them to prescribe opioids judiciously.
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball