Palms West Hospital
September 05, 2019

West Palm Beach, FL – Palms West Hospital will host a "Crush the Crisis" opioid take back event on Saturday, September 7th. Law enforcement officers from Palm Beach Sherriff's Office (PBSO) will be on-site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 11:00a.m until 1:00p.m. Palms West Hospital is one of more than 65 HCA Healthcare facilities nationwide hosting opioid take back events on September 7.

"Crush the Crisis" will provide our communities with a safe, confidential way to dispose of unused or expired opioid medications. Volunteers will collect tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). Needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted.

In 2017, opioids killed more than 47,000 people in the U.S, or 130 per day, with 36% of all opioid overdose deaths associated with a prescription opioid. "Opioid addiction is a growing crisis not only in Palm Beach County, but across our nation," said Dr. Neil Kooy, Chief Medical Officer at Palms West Hospital. "Our goal for 'Crush the Crisis' is to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction and educate our community about the proper disposal of these medications. Opioid addiction can happen to anyone and we are providing this drop off opportunity confidentially and anonymously."

To learn more about our event or to speak to a nurse 24/7, call us at (561) 345-7009.