Johns Hopkins Medicine Earns Patient Safety Award for Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic
Johns Hopkins Medicine has been named a Circle of Honor winner for the 2021 Minogue Awards for Patient Safety Innovation. Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) was one of eight health care organizations in Maryland to receive the award from the Maryland Patient Safety Center. Specifically, JHM earned the award for its “Development and Implementation of a Patient-Centered, Multi-faceted Medication Disposal System,” created by its Opioid Stewardship Clinical Community (OSCC). The OSCC, established in 2017, brings together interdisciplinary experts to develop, implement and optimize strategies to ensure the safe and appropriate use of opioids, and prevent and treat opioid use disorder. The OSCC developed a three-pronged strategy that included medication disposal bins, researching and making medication deactivation products available for patients and caregivers, and hosting U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events. Since 2018, the OSCC has collected 2,745 pounds of leftover and unwanted prescription medication.