Drive up and drop off your unneeded or expired medications during a drug take back event Saturday at Trident and Summerville Medical Centers.
More than 130 people die every day from an opioid overdose and more than half of the people who misuse these drugs get them or steal them from someone they know, according to a news release from Trident Medical Center.
The North Charleston Police Department and the Summerville Police Department, along with hospital pharmacists want to make sure unused drugs don’t get into the wrong hands.
Dr. Doug Holtzman, Medical Director of Summerville Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Services, said drugs of any kind in the home are especially a risk for children.
“We want to make sure our families have a place to safely dispose of these very addictive drugs,” Holtzman said.
Medications can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon at Trident Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center located at 9330 Medical Plaza Drive or at the Summerville Medical Center’s Medical Office Building located at 295 Midland Parkway.
Trident and Summerville Medical Centers are joining HCA Healthcare’s 183 other hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care across the U.S. in a national commitment to curbing the tide of opioid misuse and addiction.
The hospital has launched the social media hashtag, #CrushTheCrisis, to coincide with its medication take back event.