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AAOA Celebrates Two Years of Working with Stakeholders to Help Address Prescription Opioid Safety

February 25, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. — This month, Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) celebrates its second year of working with stakeholders across the healthcare industry to raise awareness among patients, pharmacists, providers and the public about prescription opioid safety.

AAOA, a national initiative focused on helping combat the prescription opioid abuse epidemic, has built a network of 19 national partners to collaborate on education and awareness efforts that promote the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with opioid medicines.

“AAOA and its partners are committed to confronting this national public health crisis by addressing the significant knowledge gap that exists around appropriate use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “By combining our voices and networks, we have been able to reach more than 1 million people across the country to educate them about the proactive steps they can take to prevent prescription opioid abuse and misuse.”

Since launching in 2018, AAOA and its national partners have developed more than 40 resources to help patients, consumers and the medical community understand the important role they play in prescription opioid safety.

AAOA collaborated with partners to develop toolkits with critical information targeted to specific populations. These resources include the: 

  • AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit, created in partnership with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), to help pharmacists engage in conversations with their patients and healthcare provider colleagues about prescription opioids; 
  • AAOA-HealthyWomen Toolkit, developed in collaboration with HealthyWomen, to educate women in their role as consumers and caregivers about prescription opioid abuse; and,
  • AAOA-NCL Consumer Toolkit, created alongside the National Consumers League, to reinforce the need for patients, caregivers, parents and others to understand their rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use. 

In addition, AAOA created a series of patient education videos featuring providers from the Cleveland Clinic and The Johns Hopkins Hospital to discuss important reminders about pain management, alternative treatment options to prescription opioids and how to talk to providers about prescription opioids. AAOA also partners with the PA (Physician Assistant) Foundation on the national Pledge to Pause effort, which reminds providers and PA students of the importance of engaging with and educating their patients every time an opioid is prescribed.

View our infographic for a full recap of AAOA’s activities here.

For more information about AAOA’s resources, visit our online resource library.

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Allied Against Opioid Abuse is a national education and awareness initiative to help prevent abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. Founded by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the initiative is a collaborative effort with diverse partners across the pharmaceutical supply chain, as well as organizations that are experts in public health and healthcare, including ADvancing States, Alliance for Aging Research, American Pharmacists Association, American Physical Therapy Association, BeMedWise, Caregiver Action Network, Gerontological Society of America, Healthcare Leadership Council, HealthyWomen, Men’s Health Network, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Consumers League, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Transitions of Care Coalition, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the PA Foundation. Our goal is to contribute to solving the opioid crisis in a meaningful way by educating patients about their rights, risks and responsibilities. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter: @AAOA_Tweets.


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