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Industry Initiatives and Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) and its members are committed to stopping opioid abuse and misuse before it occurs.

HDA is the founding partner of Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) — a national education effort focused on raising awareness around the safe use and disposal of opioids as well as patients’ rights, risks and responsibilities associated with use of these medicines.

Through AAOA, we are working with partners — including the Alliance for Aging ResearchAmerican Physical Therapy AssociationCaregiver Action NetworkHealthcare Leadership CouncilMental Health AmericaNational Alliance of State Pharmacy AssociationsNational Community Pharmacists AssociationNational Council on Patient Information and Education and the PA Foundation — to ensure crucial information and educational resources about safe use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids are accessible to patients and families across the nation.

This effort builds on distributors’ role as the vital link in the healthcare supply chain, bringing together stakeholders to solve challenges. Similarly, AAOA serves as a centralized information resource, connecting providers, pharmacists and the public to education about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.

In addition to supporting AAOA, HDA member companies also are engaged in many other initiatives.

AmerisourceBergen supports the Prescription Drug Safety Network’s digital education initiative to combat opioid misuse and empower Ohio high school students, promotes the safe disposal of opioids and provides communities with access to drug deactivation resources through its municipal support program and partnered with Walgreens to expand a safe medication disposal program to 1,500 stores near military bases and other areas where the opioid epidemic has heavily impacted communities. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation also launched the Opioid Resource Grant Program to support and advance ideas from innovative non-profit, grant-funded organizations to address the opioid crisis.

Cardinal Health launched an Opioid Action Program to deliver frontline tools to help prevent opioid abuse and support first responders in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Most recently, the company announced a $530,000 grant to the Ohio Hospital Association to identify and deploy best opioid prescribing practices for pain management. Further, the company educates about the dangers of misusing prescription medicines, including opioids, through 
Generation Rx — a decade-long partnership between the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
McKesson is creating a prescription safety-alert system with its partner the Opioid Safety Alliance; launching a substance abuse prevention pilot program with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); and advocating for common-sense policy recommendations at the local, state and federal level. McKesson also announced the formation of a foundation dedicated to combating the crisis with a focus on education for patients, caregivers and providers; addressing key policy issues; and increasing access to lifesaving treatments, such as opioid overdose reversal medications. 

Value Drug supports Operation Our Town, a community and business partnership in Blair County, Pennsylvania, to promote healthy neighborhoods and combat illegal drug use and resulting crime.

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