AAOA Expands Coalition by Adding Local Community Partners

ARLINGTON, Va., July 17, 2018 — Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national education and awareness initiative to help combat the nation’s opioid epidemic, announced today the addition of local partners that are making a difference in communities nationwide. ­­­The newly announced local partners join AAOA’s founding member, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, and nine other national partners from across the pharmaceutical supply chain, public health and healthcare that are working raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with opioid prescriptions.

Since its launch in February, AAOA has been engaging in communities across Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee to foster communication at the local level and drive awareness, provide educational resources and discuss new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis in their communities. A video highlighting these local activities is available here.

AAOA and its national partne­­­rs have created an online suite of materials to help patients, healthcare providers, pharmacists and the public understand the importance of the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of opioids.

“AAOA has built a network of local partnerships with diverse stakeholders who are committed to developing solutions to address the prescription opioid abuse epidemic,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance. “We welcome AAOA’s newest members and look forward to continuing our momentum in these communities as we convene thoughtful discussions and tackle this public health crisis from all angles.”

“In our quest to find solutions to the opioid epidemic, our goal is to coordinate with the business communities across Connecticut and the northeast region on best practices and resources to prevent further prescription opioid misuse in the workplace,” said Tony Sheridan, President/CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to partner with AAOA on programs that will educate employers and employees about appropriate use, storage and proper disposal of opioid medications.”

“Community engagement is essential in the fight against opioid addiction and abuse,” said Susan Pitman, Executive Director of Drug Free Duval. “We are thrilled to have AAOA as a partner as we work in the Jacksonville community to educate and raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids, which is important information every patient, family member and friend should understand.”

Programs and resources that educate patients and the public about safely using, storing and disposing of prescription opioids make a difference in keeping these medicines out of the wrong hands,” said Susan Cooper, Sr. Vice President/Chief Integration Officer with Regional One Health. “We look forward to continued collaboration with AAOA and other Memphis-area organizations to provide our community with support to prevent opioid misuse and abuse.”

A list of AAOA’s newly announced partners is below:

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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 Physical Therapy Association, Caregiver Action Network, Healthcare Leadership Council, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Council on Patient Information and Education 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.