TriStar Spring Hill ER collected more than seven pounds of opioid medications during its Crush the Crisis opioid take back day on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Every day, more than 130 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, and Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day provided residents of Spring Hill and surrounding communities an opportunity to properly dispose of unused opioid medications safely and anonymously.
TriStar Spring Hill ER joined area TriStar Health hospitals throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky to collect more than 110 pounds of medication.
• 22.6 lbs – TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville
• 5 lbs – TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, Nashville
• 13.8 lbs – TriStar Skyline Medical Center, Nashville
• 22.4 lbs – TriStar Summit Medical Center, Hermitage
• 12 lbs – TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Smyrna
• 5 lbs – TriStar Horizon Medical Center, Dickson
• 12 lbs – TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, Hendersonville
• 10.8 lbs – TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, Bowling Green, Ky.
• 7.3 lbs – TriStar Spring Hill ER, Spring Hill
“I want to thank the Spring Hill Police Department for their support of our Crush the Crisis opioid take back event,” said TriStar Spring Hill ER Director Keri McKamey. “Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and our main goal for Crush the Crisis was to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction and educate the community on the proper disposal of these medications.”
As an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, TriStar Spring Hill ER 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)/ALTernatives to Opioids in the Emergency Room (ALTO in the ER):HCA Healthcare focuses on a multi-modal approach to acute pain management. This means two or more methods or medications are employed to reduce the need to use opioids to manage a patient’s pain while recovering from surgery or in the emergency room.
• Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS):Physicians have access to aggregated electronic health records that make it more difficult for medication-seekers to doctor-shop or alter prescriptions.