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Community invited to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications safely and anonymously on October 24

From HCA Healthcare North Florida Division – Orlando Market

HCA Healthcare facilities in Central Florida are doing their part to “Crush the Crisis,” partnering with local law enforcement for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seven HCA Healthcare Orlando Market hospitals and freestanding emergency rooms will host the events to collect unused or expired prescription drugs while raising awareness about the proper disposal of medications and the dangers of opioid misuse.

During the event, community members can dispose of unused or expired prescription medications safely and anonymously at HCA Healthcare’s designated “Crush the Crisis” drop-off locations across Central Florida, including:

  • Baldwin Park ER – 2361 N. Semoran Blvd. in Orlando
  • Hunters Creek ER – 12100 S. John Young Parkway in Orlando
  • Millenia ER – 4056 Millenia Blvd. in Orlando
  • Heathrow ER – 4525 International Parkway in Sanford
  • Oviedo Medical Center – 8300 Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo
  • Osceola Regional Medical Center – 700 West Oak Street in Kissimmee
  • Poinciana Medical Center – 325 Cypress Parkway in Kissimmee

During the “Crush the Crisis” event, local law enforcement officers will be at the designated sites 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.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at all collection sites, including universal masking, social distancing and removal of high-touch items. Drive-through collection options are also available at Baldwin Park ER, Hunters Creek ER, Oviedo Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center and Poinciana Medical Center.

For more information, visit hcahealthcare.com/crushthecrisis or call the toll free information line at (833) 582-1970.

HCA Healthcare is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services that include approximately 184 hospitals and 124 freestanding surgery centers in 21 states and England. HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division – Orlando Market includes four hospitals: Central Florida Regional Hospital (with Level II Trauma Center) in Sanford, Oviedo Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center (with Level II Trauma Center) in Kissimmee and Poinciana Medical Center, as well as four freestanding ERs and multidisciplinary physician practices. It is slated to open UCF Lake Nona Medical Center early 2021.

The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 14 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county. 

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