• News Release: 9/17/2019

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    September 17, 2019
    Lisa Robertson
    Corpus Christi Medical Center
    361-336-7349 (cell)
    Media Alert

    What: On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Corpus Christi Medical Center and the City of Corpus Christi will announce the “Crush the Crisis” Drug Take-Back Day that will take place on Sept. 21.

    Why: According to a 2015 survey, the Drug Enforcement Agency stated more than 6.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs.  Many of those cases, the agency study showed, involved the abuser getting pills from a family member’s or a friend’s medicine cabinet.
    Prescription opioid use also is a significant risk factor or gateway to heroin addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 86 percent of young, urban injection drug users had used opioid pain relievers non-medically prior to using heroin. Their three main sources for obtaining opioids were family, friends or personal prescriptions. Additional statistics include:
    • More than 191 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed to American patients in 2017—with wide variation across states.
    • Two out of three drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.
    • 2015 Nueces County opioid related deaths 10.4/100,000, Texas  4.3/100,000 = 2.5  x state of TX rate
    Where:  Corpus Christi City Hall, City Council Chambers
    1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi

    When: Sept. 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

    Mayor Joe McComb
    City of Corpus Christi
    Eric Deppert
    Chief Medical Officer at Corpus Christi Medical Center 
    Interviews available by request
    About Corpus Christi Medical Center
    Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Corpus Christi Medical Center has been a growing part of South Texas for the past 50 years.  What began as a 26-bed facility in the early 60s has grown into a multicampus health care system offering a full range of medical services, outstanding clinical care and superior technology. From caring for fragile newborns to complex cardiovascular patients, Corpus Christi Medical Center ensures the community receives the highest quality medical care available. The campuses of Corpus Christi Medical Center are Doctors Regional, Bay Area, The Heart Hospital, Northwest Regional, Bayview Behavioral Hospital, Northshore Emergency Center, and Radiation Oncology at Corpus Christi Cancer Center. For more information about Corpus Christi Medical Center, visit www.ccmedicalcenter.com.
    About HCA Houston Healthcare
    HCA Houston Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare in the Houston area where trained physicians, nurses and allied health professionals treat almost a million patients and provide more than $2 billion in charity care every year. With an employee base of 15,000, HCA Houston Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 15 hospitals, nine outpatient surgery centers, eight freestanding emergency centers and 11 freestanding diagnostic imaging facilities in the greater Houston area. It also includes a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of HCA-affiliated facilities as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit www.HCAHoustonHealthcare.com.
    HCA Houston Healthcare is part of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division, a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 18 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 12 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division affiliated hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. HCA Gulf Coast Division is part of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 185 hospitals in the United States.
    Lisa Robertson, Director of Marketing
    (361) 761-5062