More than 20 pounds of opioids collected at 'Crush the Crisis' Opioid Take-Back Day
As opioid overdoses continue across the country, Park Ridge Medical Center is doing its part to help the epidemic.
Saturday the group hosed 'Crush the Crisis' an event where people across the Tennessee Valley could safely dispose of unused medications.
"It's almost become like a third world war," said Tony Nuehoff with Parkridge Medical Center.
The fight against opioid addiction is an uphill battle across the state.
"It hurts every facet of everyone's life just like a war would," Nuehoff told Channel 3.
Park Ridge Medical Center partnered with the D.E.A and the Chattanooga Police Department so people could drop off unused opioids.
"Just out there trying to save lives," said Nuehoff.
More than 1200 people in Tennessee died in 2017 from an opioid overdose. Saturday's team worked to help crush the crisis.
People came from across the Tennessee Valley to drop off their old prescription drugs today-- reducing their chance of becoming a statistic.
"A lot of times people will go back into the cabinets and get them-- a lot of kids," Susan Taylor with Park Ridge Medical Center tells Channel 3.
The opioid take-back day provided a safe place for the drugs to be disposed of.
"If we can get them out and get them to turn them in, then it's best for everybody," said Taylor.
Organizers say homes in Chattanooga are safer after more than 20 pounds of opioids were collected at the drop-off.
"I think saving lives is basically what I look at as a responsibility," said Nuehoff.
If you have unused opioids and weren't able to make it to today's drop off, you can drop them off in the drop box at Chattanooga Police Department's property unit located at 3204 Amnicola Highway.