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National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday!

National Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Please spread the word in your community to encourage residents to safely dispose of expired and unused medications. More information, resources and a local site finder can be found at

Mind Your Meds 
Are you looking for a way to educate patients about Safe Opioid Medication Use and Disposal. Check out the short recording HERE with pre- and post-questions to measure patients’ understanding while encouraging them to take an active role in this important topic. If you need a basic medication safety education module reinforcing the creation of medication and question lists in preparation for provider visits, we also have a recorded session HERE.
The Gift & Curse: Opioids, Two Ends of the Spectrum
Overdoses involving prescription and illicit opioids are responsible for the deaths of 128 people every day, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This video offers two perspectives on the opioid epidemic, one from a patient who became addicted to opioids prescribed by her physician and another who struggles to obtain the medications she needs to manage chronic pain. View the video by clicking on the above image or click here.
Join the Growing Blue Bag Initiative
The Health Quality Innovation Network's (HQIN) Blue Bag Initiative (BBI) is a turnkey medication review program intended to help you identify potential adverse drug events for improved patient safety and education. The BBI is flexible, measurable and includes a cost-savings analysis of your data.

When you join the HQIN BBI, you will receive:
  • A digital Blue Bag Notebook with all the materials you will need for successful participation
  • Monthly data submission reminders
  • Monthly access to your own data report and cost savings analysis
  • Invitations to BBI monthly calls where you can share ideas and ask questions
  • Technical assistance to help you make the most of your participation
Watch this short, 9-minute video to learn more about BBI.
Ready to join? Email
About the Health Quality Innovation Network
Led by Health Quality Innovators (HQI) and its quality improvement partners, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, the Health Quality Innovation Network is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia. To learn more visit
9830 Mayland Drive, Suite D, Richmond, VA 23233 | (877) 731-4746

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