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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 initiative that has reached 1 million people since 2018. AAOA is raising awareness around the safe use and disposal of opioids, as well as patients’ rights, risks and responsibilities associated with the use of these medicines.

Through AAOA, we are working with partners across the public health, prevention and healthcare communities 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.

Additionally, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation launched the Opioid Resource Grant Program to support and advance ideas from innovative non-profit, grant-funded organizations to address the opioid crisis. As of 2019, the program has provided support to more than 250 organizations and donated 1.2 million drug deactivation resources.

Cardinal Health launched the Opioid Action Program to deliver frontline tools to help prevent opioid abuse and support first responders in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Additionally, 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.

Through the Cardinal Health Foundation, Cardinal has invested millions of dollars to fight prescription drug misuse, expand drug take-back initiatives and support healthcare systems as they work to reduce the number of opioids prescribed. Recently, the company announced a $530,000 grant to the Ohio Hospital Association to identify and deploy best opioid prescribing practices for pain management.

McKesson is a proud partner of the Opioid Safety Alliance and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). McKesson developed a substance abuse pilot program targeted to veterans in partnership with CADCA, is working with the Alliance to create a prescription safety-alert system and continues advocating for common-sense policy recommendations at the local, state and federal level.

Additionally, McKesson played a leading role in founding the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, a non-profit 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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