Rome, GA - August 30, 2018 - Redmond Regional Medical Center will be joining the Floyd County Sherriff's Department and Floyd Against Drugs to host "Crush the Crisis," an opioid drug take-back event on Saturday, September 8th from 9am to 1pm. This community event will be held at Redmond Regional near the main entrance of the hospital.
All community members are invited to drop off unused opioid prescriptions and expired medications at Redmond Regional's "Crush the Crisis" event. Volunteers will be collecting capsules, patches, and pain reliever pills to dispose of them properly. Law enforcement officials from the Floyd County Sheriff's Department will be on hand to oversee collection and disposal of medications. Representatives with Floyd Against Drugs will assist in the event and provide educational materials.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2016 there were 918 opioid–related overdose deaths in Georgia which equates to 8.8 deaths per 100,000 residents.
"The opioid epidemic continues to be a focus of health care discussions across the country," said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center. "Our go al for 'Crush the Crisis' is to serve our community by bringing awareness to the dangers of opioid addiction and proper disposal of these medications. We are honored to partner with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office and Floyd Against Drugs to host this community service event."
"Crush the Crisis" will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Those dropping off medications will enter the main entrance of the hospital off Redmond Road and drive through to drop off their medications, allowing them to stay in their vehicle. The event will take place rain or shine, under the tent near the main entrance of the hospital.
For more information, call 615–324–1702.