SAN JOSE, CA – Regional Medical Center today announced that it collected 201 pounds of medications during its “Crush the Crisis” national opioid take back day on Saturday, October 29, 2022, aligning with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to raise awareness about the danger of opioid misuse and the importance of safe and proper disposal of unused or expired medications. Community members participated in the event by dropping off unused and expired medications which were collected by law enforcement officers from the San Jose Police Department.  

“Many people around the country are struggling with the use and abuse of opioids and we want to do our part to prevents these drugs from being misused. This is an opportunity for us to get those unused opioids of the streets,” said Ken West, CEO of Regional Medical Center.

This year, all 15 HCA Healthcare U.S. divisions participated in a “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day at 110 collection sites across 17 states.