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Combatting the opioid crisis

As a learning health system, HCA Healthcare is using the science of big data to combat the opioid public health crisis and transform pain management, with initiatives in surgical, emergency and other care settings.

In October 2021, HCA Healthcare hosted its third annual “Crush the Crisis” event, collecting a record 15,566 pounds of unused and expired medications in support of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. In partnership with local law enforcement agencies, collection sites were hosted at 96 HCA Healthcare facilities at 98 event locations across 17 states.

crush the crisis group photo

(left to right): Aaron Pilant, Bradenton Police Sergeant; Jenna Sorgenfrei, PharmD, MSPS, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist; Linh Dang, PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident; Boubacar Cherif, PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident; and Derek Vuong, PharmD, BCPS, CPh, Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services, HCA Florida Blake Hospital