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.

Educate Yourself:
Consumer Resources

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:
Pharmacy Toolkit

As a trusted healthcare professional, pharmacists are well positioned to talk to patients about prescription opioid safety. Use the AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit.

Research Affirms Importance of Older Adults Knowing About Safe Use and Disposal of Opioids

This post is the first in AAOA’s “Allies in Action” series, highlighting how our partners are working to raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.

Treating Pain in Marginalized Populations: The Role of Social Determinants of Health

Andrea Lowe, PA, Director of Health Equity and DE&I initiatives at AAPA, shares how the social determinants of health play a role in treating pain in populations that have been economically and socially marginalized.  The blog post also focuses on how PAs can help increase education and awareness around the rights, risks and responsibilities of prescription opioids for these patients.

Three Things You Need to Know About Prescription Opioids

Preventing Opioid Abuse and Misuse Within the Hispanic Community

Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and the PA Foundation have partnered to launch a “Spotlight Series” on how PAs across the country are working to raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.  Our first post comes from Rafael Pomales, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, who is President of PAs for Latino Health; and Robert S. Smith, MS, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, Treasurer and Co- Founder of PAs for Latino Health.

Educating Older Adults and Their Caregivers About Prescription Opioids

Kristine Correira, PA-C, DScPAS, MHP, DFAAPA, a member of the PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine specialty organization, shares the unique challenges older adults face when it comes to pain management. She highlights effective strategies to educate older adults and their caregivers to help prevent misuse and abuse or prescription opioids.

Safely Treating Orthopedic Injuries and Managing Pain for Student Athletes

James Delaney, MS, PA-C, CAQ-OS, Vice President of the PA Foundation Board of Trustees, and a PA at Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) in Plano, Texas, highlights the challenges student athletes face with orthopedic injuries and the importance of the healing process.

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