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
In 2017, approximately 53 percent of people who misused opioids obtained them from a friend or relative.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
Prevent Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Opioids Through Education
AAOA contributed to a special Opioid Awareness supplement for USA Today. The supplement, developed by Mediaplanet, highlighted AAOA’s efforts to raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use.
AAOA Year in Review
AAOA launched in February 2018 to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids through education and awareness. Our goal from the beginning has been to address the opioid crisis in a meaningful way by educating patients about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.
Convening Healthcare Stakeholders to Address the Opioid Epidemic
Last week, AAOA partners, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the PA Foundation, joined the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) at the Distribution Management Conference and Expo (DMC) for a discussion about how we are working together to educate and raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.
1 New England Journal of Medicine: www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1714529
2 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-nsduh-annual-national-report
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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