Las Vegas, NV– On Saturday, September 7, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center will host “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take back event. Law enforcement officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will be on site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Southern Hills wants to do our part to make sure prescription drugs are used responsibly. In 2017 alone, there were 412 overdose deaths involving opioids in Nevada. Furthermore, since 2012 heroininvolved deaths more than doubled. The opioid epidemic is also beginning to affect the most vulnerable among us.

NAS or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) may occur when a pregnant woman uses drugs such as opioids during pregnancy. A recent national study revealed a fivefold increase in the incidence of NAS/NOWS between 2004 and 201.

At the Crush the Crisis event, volunteers 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). Needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted.

Southern Hills Hospital is participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s first national “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day. More than 65 HCA Healthcare facilities across 15 states are uniting to collect unused or expired opioids for one day.

“Opioid addiction is a growing crisis not only in Clark County, but across our nation,” said Bruce Thielke, Director of Pharmacy Services at Southern Hills 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 further help combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare, the parent company of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, proudly partners with the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, consisting of more than 50 organizations that share best practices and identify gaps in the safe treatment of opioid addiction.

A learning health system, which uses data from approximately 31 million annual patient encounters to help continuously improve care, HCA Healthcare has been using the 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 used to reduce the need to use opioids to manage a patient’s pain while recovering from surgery or in the emergency room. As of August 2019, ESR is live at 140 HCA Healthcare facilities, with the goal to implement in all facilities, in at least one major service line, by the end of 2019. ALTO protocols will be expanded enterprise-wide by the end of 2019.
  • 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. ECPS is available across HCA Healthcare.

“Crush the Crisis” will take place at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center on September 7th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the emergency room parking lot.

For more information contact Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 916-5000.