AAOA Encourages Consumers to Safely Dispose of Opioid Medicines on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

ARLINGTON, Va. October 25, 2018 – In support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-hosted National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27, Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) is reminding patients, caregivers and consumers to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications, including opioids. AAOA has created a number of resources that provide easy-to-use guides for patients and family members to identify local drop-off locations and proactive steps to prevent opioids from being abused.

AAOA is a national educational initiative bringing together key stakeholders in healthcare, public health and within the pharmaceutical supply chain to raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use. AAOA and its partners have developed resources and materials to help educate patients and consumers about the importance of proper and prompt disposal of prescription opioids, including a fact sheet with the 10 things you need to know to safely dispose of prescription opioids, an online disposal database for anyone to search by zip code and find a safe disposal drop-off location in their neighborhood, as well as additional safety tips for disposing of unused prescription opioids.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day attempts to bridge one of the persistent gaps in awareness and disposal of prescription opioids. According to a national poll from Morning Consult and commissioned by AAOA, nearly nine in 10 patients who keep their unused prescription opioids save them for future use. In the same poll, approximately 36 percent of consumers said they did not know they needed to dispose of leftover prescription opioids and nearly 30 percent said they did not know how to safely dispose of opioids, raising concerns about the likelihood of abuse or misuse by friends or family members.

“Too often the misuse and abuse of prescription opioid starts in the home,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications at the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, AAOA’s founding member. “By disposing of old or unused prescription opioids properly and as soon as they are no longer needed, we can all do our part in helping to prevent these medicines from falling into the wrong hands.”

More information about Take Back Day can be found at takebackday.dea.gov. For those unable to participate on Take Back Day, click here to find a disposal location in your neighborhood.

For all press inquiries, please contact Press@AgainstOpioidAbuse.org.

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 Physical Therapy Association, BeMedWise, Caregiver Action Network, Gerontological Society of America, Healthcare Leadership Council, Men’s Health Network, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, 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.