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
Pharmacists in Action: Educating Patients About Prescription Opioids
Pharmacists across the country are working to educate patients about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.
AAOA Expands Coalition by Adding National and Local Partners
AAOA has announced the addition of four national and 11 state and local partners to help address the significant gap in patient education related to prescription opioids across the country.
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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