Allied Against Opioid Abuse
Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) is a national education and awareness initiative to help prevent abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. Our goal is to contribute to solving the opioid crisis in a meaningful way by serving as a centralized information resource, providing education and creating awareness.
America's Opioid Abuse Epidemic
In 2016, more than 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids.1
Approximately 40 percent of people who misused opioids obtained them from a friend or relative for free.2
Each day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using opioid prescriptions as directed.3
One hundred fifteen Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.4
The opioid abuse epidemic is a complex issue, but there are things you can do to help. Learn how you can help prevent prescription opioid abuse and misuse.
Educate Your Patients:
As a trusted healthcare professional, pharmacists are well positioned to talk to patients about prescription opioid safety. Use the AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit.
What You Need to Know
Engaging Ohio Business Leaders on Prescription Opioid Safety Efforts
Over the last several months, AAOA has had the opportunity to work with business communities across the country, including those in Ohio, to leverage the workplace in efforts to engage and raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.
AAOA and John Hopkins Release Educational Video to Help Raise Awareness About Post-Surgery Pain
AAOA, with a team of physicians at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, released a new educational video to help patients prepare for and manage post-surgery pain.
AAOA Launches Pharmacy Toolkit to Increase Pharmacist-Patient Engagement Around Safe Use, Storage and Disposal of Opioids
AAOA has created a pharmacy toolkit to equip pharmacists with resources to engage and educate patients about the safe use, storage and disposal of pain medicines.
1 New England Journal of Medicine: www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1714529
2 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA: www.samhsa.gov/data/ sites/default/files/NSDUH-FFR2-2015/NSDUH-FFR2-2015.html
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/overdose.html
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic
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