CALDWELL, Idaho — West Valley Medical Center collected 120 pounds, 9 ounces of medication during the hospital's second annual "Crush the Crisis" opioid take-back event on Saturday. The event was in partnership with the Caldwell Police Department and aligned with the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
"We are grateful our community showed up to help Crush the Crisis today," said Betsy Hunsicker, West Valley's Chief Executive Officer. "A significant number of opioid addictions and overdose deaths come from individuals accessing unused opioid prescriptions of family and friends. That's why events like this are so important, not only to provide an opportunity for the community to properly dispose of medications but also to educate."
HCA Healthcare, the parent company of West Valley, has committed $500,000 to the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, which supports the development of safer pain management protocols and reversal of the opioid crisis.
West Valley has a webpage to help anyone seeking resources regarding opioid addiction. It also includes more information about what West Valley is doing to help crush the crisis.