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
AAOA Engaging Physician Assistant (PA) Students at the American Academy of PAs 2019 Conference
AAOA and PA Foundation’s Pledge to Pause Initiative Encourages Future Prescribers to Commit to Educating Patients About Prescription Opioid Safety
Every Week is Prevention Week for Family Caregivers
In recognition of National Prevention Week, Allied Against Opioid Abuse sat down with John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, an AAOA partner organization, to discuss the role that family caregivers play in preventing the misuse and abuse of 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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