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Angel Medical Center & Highlands-Cashiers Hospital offering Medicine take-back events this weekend

ASHEVILLE – OCT. 14, 2021 – Mission Health is committed to our communities and to
improving more lives in more ways. That’s why on Saturday, October 23 we’re partnering with
local law enforcement agencies to host Crush the Crisis opioid take-back events at 5 of our
hospital locations.

Opioid misuse is a public health crisis in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 5% from 2018
to 2019 and has quadrupled since 1999. More than 70% of the 70,630 deaths in 2019 involved
an opioid.

HCA Healthcare’s Crush the Crisis events will align with National Prescription Drug Take-Back
Day, sponsored by The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

HCA Healthcare is committed to bringing frontline solutions to curb the tide of opioid misuse
and addiction in the communities that we serve. COVID-19 has exacerbated the opioid epidemic, and the effort to crush the crisis is now more important than ever.

Please help us by encouraging the community to safely and anonymously drop off unused and
expired medication for proper disposal on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at our participating
collection sites:

 Mission Hospital
1 Hospital Drive. Asheville, NC 28801
10 am – 2 pm
 Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview Street, Franklin, NC 28734
9 am – Noon
 Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
10 am – Noon
 Highland-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741
9 am – Noon
 Mission Hospital McDowell
430 Rankin Drive, Marion, NC 28752
10 am – Noon

The focus of the event is to collect tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic),Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). However, any medications are accepted.

We will not be able to accept needles, syringes, lancets, inhalers, or liquids. To help keep members of our communities safe, Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day events will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, please call 833.582.1970

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