September 27, 2021
Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, is hosting a “Crush the
Crisis” Opioid Take Back Day to raise awareness about opioid addiction and to anonymously collect
unused and expired prescription medications for proper disposal. The event aligns with the
Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. suffered from an opioid use disorder in 2018. Tragically, more than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses, with opioids involved in 70% of those deaths. The opioid crisis has been declared a public health emergency and the misuse of prescription opioids often begins when they are obtained from a friend or family member’s medicine cabinet.
Hospital staff, volunteers and uniformed law enforcement officers will be present to help with the safe and anonymous disposal of unwanted medications.
To help keep patients, colleagues, and members of our communities safe, Lakeview Regional’s Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day event will adhere to established CDC safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
WHEN:Saturday, October 23
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE:Lakeview Regional Medical Center
Physicians Plaza entrance
101 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, LA
WHO:Lakeview Regional Medical Center staff and volunteers
Local uniformed law enforcement officers
The focus of the event is to collect tablets, capsules and patches of:
- Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin)
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet)
- Tramadol (Ultram)
- Fentanyl (Duragesic)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
However, any medications are accepted.