AAOA and the Missouri Pharmacy Association Announce Collaborative Effort to Engage Pharmacists Across the State

ARLINGTON, Va., April 26, 2019 — To combat the prescription opioid abuse epidemic, Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and the Missouri Pharmacy Association announced a collaborative effort to engage pharmacists in the state using the AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit.

“As a core part of the healthcare team, pharmacists are in a unique position to educate patients about the potential risks and side effects associated with their medications every time a prescription is picked up,” said Ron Fitzwater, the CEO of the Missouri Pharmacy Association. “The Missouri Pharmacy Association and our pharmacist members are committed to fighting opioid abuse in communities across Missouri. We look forward to sharing AAOA’s resources with our members to help Missouri’s pharmacists navigate conversations with their patients so they better understand how to safely and appropriately use prescription opioids when they are part of a treatment regimen.”

Since its launch in February of last year, AAOA has been working with state and national pharmacy organizations to create and drive awareness around the importance of engaging patients about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids. AAOA and its pharmacy partners developed this toolkit of resources to help the pharmacy community engage in conversations with their patients and healthcare provider colleagues about the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of opioid medicines. Independent pharmacists in Missouri received copies of the toolkit in the mail this month.

“Patients and caregivers across the country put their trust in pharmacists, especially in the fight against opioid misuse,” said B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), an AAOA national partner. “We applaud the Missouri Pharmacy Association for working to be sure the state’s pharmacy community is armed with the AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit to help with the sometimes difficult conversations around prescription opioid safety.”

“AAOA is working to foster communication between patients, pharmacists, providers and the public about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “By working with the Missouri Pharmacy Association, NCPA and our other partners, AAOA will continue to engage and inform communities across the country about the important role they play in preventing misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and other medicines.”

Learn more about the AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit at www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org/PharmacyToolkit.

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About Allied Against Opioid Abuse
Allied Against Opioid Abuse is a national education and awareness initiative to help prevent abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. Founded by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the initiative is a collaborative effort with diverse partners across the pharmaceutical supply chain, as well as organizations that are experts in public health and healthcare, including Alliance for Aging Research, American Pharmacists Association, American Physical Therapy Association, BeMedWise, Caregiver Action Network, Gerontological Society of America, Healthcare Leadership Council, HealthyWomen, Men’s Health Network, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Transitions of Care Coalition and the PA Foundation. Our goal is to contribute to solving the opioid crisis in a meaningful way by educating patients about their rights, risks and responsibilities. To learn more, visit www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org or follow us on Twitter: @AAOA_Tweets.