Taking Back Our Communities

Supporting our local communities in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

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Piedmont Take Back Day

At Piedmont, we promise to make a positive difference in every life we touch. And as a healthcare provider, we have an important role in combating the opioid epidemic. In addition to supporting the appropriate use of opioids, Piedmont is partnering with local agencies to promote National Take Back Day – a day designated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help educate and promote safe, convenient and effective methods for disposing of prescription drugs. 

This month, we are offering drop-off locations at several of our hospitals. Learn more about community Take Back Days and drop off locations near you.

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The first time David King had narcotics was when he had his wisdom teeth out in high school. The last time he had narcotics was two years later – the night he died. His mom Gloria tells his story. 

24/7/365 DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

If you need to drop off prescription medications, find a year-round drop off site in your area.

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THE FACTS

Many people are unsure what qualifies as an opioid. You may be surprised
to find common opioids in your medicine cabinet. Common opioids include:

Codeine
Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan)
Morphine (MS Contin, Kadian)
Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percoset)
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
Fentanyl (Duragesic)

46

Every day, 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers in the U.S.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

20-30%

Of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain, 20-30% will misuse them.
(Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

80%

About 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.
(Source: Natonal Institute on Drug Abuse)

WHY PARTICIPATE

More than 22,000 Piedmont employees serve nearly 2 million patients each year. Our goal is to help all of our employees, patients and their families understand the risk of opioid addiction and what they can do to prevent it. We can make a significant impact in curb in opioid-related addiction and deaths in Georgia. You can help by removing excess prescription medications from your home and disposing of them safely.

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ATHENS

DATE & TIME: April 27th | 10am - 2pm

Location: Piedmont Athens Regional at the Talmadge 2 Entrance

Other kiosks available:

55 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
2142 W. Broad St. Bldg. 200, Athens, GA 30006

ATLANTA

DATE: April 27th

Location: Walgreens Kiosk
3740 Cascade Road SW
3800 Princeton Lakes Pkwy SW

Other Atlanta kiosks available:

895 Ralph Abernathy Blvd. SW (CVS)
2830 N. Druid Hills Road, NE (CVS)
Carecenter Pharmacy: 1 Coca Cola Plz. NW

COLUMBUS

DATE:   April 25 | 11:30am-6:30pm

Location: Columbus Health Department: 2100 Comer Ave., Columbus, GA 31904
WRBL News 3, Piedmont Columbus Regional and the Columbus Health Department will team up to host a community prescription drug takeback event.

Other kiosks available:
3617 Hilton Ave, Columbus, GA 31904

FAYETTE

DATE & TIME: April 27th | 10am - 2pm

Location: Piedmont Fayette

Other kiosks available:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department: 155 Johnson Ave. Fayetteville, GA 30214
Peachtree City Police Department: 350 Hwy 74, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Fayetteville Police Department: 760 Jimmie Mayfield Blvd. Fayetteville, GA 30215

HENRY

DATE: April 27th

Location: Walgreens Kiosk: 1855 Hudson Bridge Road (Stockbridge)

Other kiosks available:

Henry County PD, 4545 N. Henry Blvd, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County PD, 110 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253
Henry County Jail, 120 Henry Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253

MOUNTAINSIDE

DATE & TIME: April 27th | 7am - 11am

Location: Chattahoochee Tech

NEWNAN

DATE & TIME: April 27th | 10am - 2pm

Location: Piedmont Newnan

Other kiosks available:
1665 Hwy 34 E, Newnan, GA 30265

NEWTON

DATE & TIME: April 27th

Location: Piedmont Newton: 4183 Hwy 278 NE, Covington, GA 30014

ROCKDALE

DATE & TIME: TBD

Location: Walgreens Kiosk: 1510 Milstead Ave. NE (Conyers)

Other kiosks available:
1541 Georgia Highway 20, Conyers, GA 30012 (CVS)

WALTON

DATE & TIME: April 27th | 10am - 2pm

Location: Piedmont Athens Regional

Other kiosks available:

55 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
2142 W. Broad St. Bldg. 200, Athens, GA 30006

SPREAD THE WORD

With your help, we can raise awareness around the opioid epidemic and encourage participation in our communities. By sharing information about Take Back Day with your loved ones, you’ll be helping to promote safe and effective methods of disposing prescription medications in our local area.

You can also share the site with your family and friends via email.

FAQ

For more than two decades, the addictive nature of opioids has been underestimated. This has led to overprescribing and a general lack of awareness of the harmful consequences of excess availability. What began as an epidemic with prescription opioids has spread to include an increase in deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids.

According to the CDC, about 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. There were 47,600 deaths in 2017 in the U.S. involving opioids, which is up 6x from 1999. In 2016, 929 in Georgians died.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm675152e1.htm)

It is estimated that one-third of patients have a predisposition to become addicted to opioids, a fact that was ignored when opioids first came on the scene and has been highly underestimated even in the past 10 years.

As a response to the opioid epidemic in the U.S., Piedmont Healthcare President and CEO Kevin Brown in June convened a task force to review how our health system should address this damaging public health crisis.

  • Help providers adhere to safe prescribing guidelines.
  • Prevent diversion in our workplaces.
  • Equip patients with education when prescribed opioids.
  • Help connect addicted patients to treatment resources.
  • Partner with other community resources in in local initiatives to combat opioid addiction.
  • Educate our communities on and facilitate the safe disposal of prescription medications.
  • Treat addiction as a medical condition and work to reduce the stigma of addiction.

National Take Back Day is a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) designated day to help educate and promote safe, convenient and effective methods for disposing of prescription drugs as well as the dangers associated with drug abuse.

Across our state and in most of our communities, there are locations where community members can safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Piedmont is encouraging employees as well as the community to clean out their medication cabinets and dispose of these unnecessary medications – safely and anonymously.

No. In most cases, kiosks are available 24/7. National Take Back Day is about bringing awareness to the need of disposing medications properly.


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