Southern Joint Replacement Institute, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and CVS Caremark are proud to partner with the US Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this month.
On Saturday, April 28, the community is invited to drop off unused opioid prescriptions at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center's "Crush the Crisis" event for the medicine to be disposed of properly with the assistance of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and the DEA.
The hospital will be safely disposing pain reliever pills, capsules and patches. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Health stated over 1,600 Tennesseans passed away from drug overdoses: the leading cause of death over suicides, homicides and motor vehicle accidents.
"Our goal for 'Crush the Crisis' is to bring awareness to the dangers of opioid addiction and increase awareness on proper prescription disposal," said DR. Jeffrey Hodrick, orthopedic surgeon with Southern Joint Replacement Institute. "Opioid addiction can happen to anyone and we are providing this drop off opportunity confidentially and anonymously."
"Crush the Crisis" will take place from 10 AM - 2 PM at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center at 200 Stonecrest Boulevard, Smyrna, TN 37167. For more information, call (615) 324-1702.