SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Memorial Health partnered with the Savannah Police Department to #crushthecrisis by hosting a Drug Take Back event.
On Saturday, individuals from the community were able to drop off their unused, unneeded medications, which included opioids.
“We work with the police department, they take it and dispose of it appropriately,” said Dr. Jay Goldstein, Medical Officer for Memorial Health. “So from that perspective, it works very well. It gets into the appropriate hands and we make sure it doesn’t get into the hands of children and other people who don’t need to be taking those medicines unnecessarily.”
HCA Healthcare Facilities host the #crushthecrisis medication take back events all across the country; Memorial Health was just one of dozens held.
“Keeping unused opioids and other medications around the home is just not safe.” said Dr. Jay Goldstein.
With 185 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, HCA Healthcare is committed to curbing the tide of opioid misuse and addiction.
“We wanted to do our part to make it easy for our community to safely dispose of these very addictive drugs. The community really responded!” said Dr. Goldstein. “We collected 441 pounds of opioids and other medications, making our community a little bit safer!”