October 07, 2021
OGDEN, UT — Ogden Regional Medical Center is hosting its 3rd annual “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications. Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. The event, which aligns with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, will take place on October 23, 2021 at the east entrance to Ogden Regional Medical Center.
Opioid addiction is a national health crisis. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,630 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019, with more than 70% attributed to opioids.
As we better understand the opioid crisis, we learn that a significant number of opioid addictions and overdose deaths come from individuals accessing unused opioids prescriptions of family and friends.
In Utah, 437 drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018.
Crush the Crisis — Opioid Take Back Day
The event aims to educate our communities on the risk of opioid misuse, while providing a safe and anonymous way to dispose of medications that may be left over from previous procedures or other medical visits.
Ogden Regional Medical Center is participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s third annual national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. In October 2020, 95 HCA Healthcare facilities in 18 states collected 13,523 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications at “Crush the Crisis” events around the country — including 70 pounds at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
Law enforcement officers from the Ogden City Police Department 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).
Any medications are accepted, however we will not be able to accept needles, syringes, lancets, inhalers or liquids.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event, including masking, social distancing, and appropriate traffic patterns.
Ogden Regional Medical Center employees, including doctors, nurses and staff, and members of the Ogden City Police Department invite community members to safely dispose of unused medications.
Rob Johnston, Pharmacy Clinical Manager, Ogden Regional Medical Center
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:00am to 2:00pm
Ogden Regional Medical Center, 5475 S. 500 E. Ogden, UT 84405
East parking lot near the entrance (Parking available on Location)
Please call Craig Bielik at (801) 549-8813 for more information.