Being there for our communities

Combatting the opioid crisis

Crush the Crisis promo item held by Chief Medical Officer at the event
Sean Benoit, MD, Chief Medical Officer
HCA Florida North Florida Hospital

Crush the Crisis

HCA Healthcare introduced our enterprise-wide Crush the Crisis opioid take back day in 2017 to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid misuse and the importance of safe and proper disposal. Crush the Crisis events align with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and provide a convenient opportunity for the community to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired medications that may be left over from a previous doctor visit or medical procedure.

In 2022, more than 100 HCA Healthcare facilities from all 15 U.S. divisions partnered with local law enforcement agencies to collect and safely dispose of 19,423 pounds of medication — an estimated 13.4 million doses. This is the highest amount collected of any Crush the Crisis event to date.