Community members invited to dispose of unused or expired medications.
August 22, 2019 – Kendall Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital have joined forces to host the “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back event on September 7. Law enforcement officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department and the City of Miami Police Department will be on-site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications. 
The purpose of “Crush the Crisis” is to provide Miami-Dade County residents 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. 
“Crush the Crisis” will take place on September 7, and Miami-Dade County residents have an option of two collection sites:
Kendall Regional Medical Center at 11760 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33175 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mercy Hospital at 3663 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33133 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“Opioid addiction is a growing crisis not only in Miami-Dade County, but across our nation,” said Dr. Manuel Anton, Chief Medical Officer at Kendall Regional Medical Center. “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.  
Dr. Mark Multach, Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Hospital, agrees. “Narcotics, or opioids, are highly addictive and hurt people around us every day. ‘Crush the Crisis’ is a first step in helping our friends, families, and communities live a better life.”
In 2017, there were more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in the U.S.–an age-adjusted rate of 21.7 per 100,000 persons. Among these, 47,600 involved opioids. The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths increased significantly in Florida by 5.9 percent from 2016 (23.7 per 100,000) to 2017 (25.1 per 100,000).
Kendall Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital are two of more than 65 HCA Healthcare facilities nationwide hosting opioid take back events on September 7.
About Kendall Regional Medical Center
Kendall Regional Medical Center, an award-winning 417-bed hospital, is recognized for providing a wide array of services to the residents of South Florida, as well as visitors from around the world. We offer 24-hour comprehensive medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including trauma and burn care, pediatrics and maternity services, an orthopedic and spine institute, along with patient and community services. For over 45 years, we have been committed to expanding and improving every facet of the organization, devoting significant time and resources to enhancing the facility, staff and medical care. Kendall Regional Medical Center has grown into a major tertiary-care teaching facility, with an outstanding staff, that includes more than 1000 physicians and specialists and over 1,800 employees, all of whom place importance in making our patients feel welcome and comfortable. 
For more information visit or call 305.222.2200.
About Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care facility located in Miami, Florida affiliated with HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services.  Since its inception in 1950, Mercy Hospital has followed the Catholic tradition and is the only hospital in Miami-Dade County easily accessible by air, land and sea.  Designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, their Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center is also a Divers Alert Network (DAN) for Florida and the Caribbean. Mercy Hospital is affiliated with 700 physicians and its Centers of Excellence include: The Heart Center, the Maternity and Women’s Health Center, the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Institute, the Orthopedics & Spine Institute, the Miami Cancer Center and the Behavioral Health Center. 
To learn more about Mercy Hospital or to find a physician visit or call 305-285-2929.
Please see attached for a version of this release in Spanish.
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