Blake Medical Center September 11, 2019

Blake Medical Center collects 54.52 pounds of opioid medications during Take Back day

Bradenton, FL — Blake Medical Center, in partnership with the Bradenton Police Department, collected 54.52 pounds of opioid medications during its "Crush the Crisis" opioid take back day on September 7th to help combat the nation's opioid crisis. Community members participated in the event by dropping off unused and expired prescription medications.

This event served to educate the community on the risk of opioid misuse, while providing a safe and anonymous way to dispose of medications that may be left over. "It was an opportunity for people to look through their medicine cabinet and remove medications that might put their family members or others at risk" said Dr. Mitchell Rubinstein, Chief Medical Officer at Blake Medical Center. "The event helped us to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction and educate our community about the proper disposal of these medications."

During the 4 hour event, individuals brought in a variety of medications for safe disposal with a total weight of 54.52 pounds of medication brought back. As an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, Blake Medical Center is part of a health system that also uses 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 employed to reduce the need to use opioids to manage a patient's pain while recovering from surgery or in the emergency room.
  • 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.

Approximately 65 HCA Healthcare facilities participated in a "Crush the Crisis" opioid take back day in their communities on September 7, 2019.