AAOA Expands Partnerships

Alliance for Aging Research, American Physical Therapy Association, Healthcare Leadership Council and the National Community Pharmacists Association Join Initiative to Combat Prescription Opioid Abuse and Misuse

ARLINGTON, Va., March 21, 2018Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national education and awareness initiative to help combat the nation’s prescription opioid abuse epidemic, announced today the addition of four new coalition partners, including the Alliance for Aging Research, American Physical Therapy Association, Healthcare Leadership Council and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Together, AAOA represents leading voices from across the public health community and healthcare supply chain focused on addressing the root causes of the opioid crisis.

These partners join the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, Caregiver Action Network, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Council on Patient Information and Education and the PA Foundation in their shared mission of ensuring crucial information and educational resources about the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids are accessible to patients and families across the nation.

“As the country grapples with the opioid epidemic, AAOA is committed to providing patients, providers and pharmacists with resources and tools to help reduce instances of abuse and misuse,” said John M. Gray, President and CEO of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, AAOA’s founding partner. “A recent survey commissioned by AAOA and conducted by Morning Consult reaffirmed that education and awareness are fundamental components in addressing this devastating public health challenge with approximately 36 percent of respondents saying they did not know they needed to dispose of leftover prescriptions and nearly 30 percent saying they didn’t know how to safely dispose of opioids.”

“The Alliance for Aging Research is pleased to partner with AAOA on promoting health education to help seniors better understand the importance of medication safety,” said Lindsay Clarke, Vice President of Health Programs, Alliance for Aging Research. “Understanding how to safely use, store and dispose of opioids and other medicines is a critical step in preventing abuse and misuse.”

“There are several pain-relief options available to patients, including non-opioid treatments,” said Kara Gainer, Director of Regulatory Affairs, American Physical Therapy Association. “We are working with AAOA to ensure patients with chronic pain understand the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids and know that nonpharmacological pain treatments like physical therapy, are available to help them manage their pain.”

“The opioid epidemic is a complex issue that requires all stakeholders coming together,” said Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council. “By working with AAOA and the other partner organizations we will develop and promote educational tools and resources to help prevent further opioid abuse and misuse, and ultimately save lives.”

“Independent community pharmacists are an important touch point for patients taking prescription opioids to manage their pain,” said B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, National Community Pharmacists Association. “We are glad to partner with AAOA on programs and materials that will educate pharmacists as well as patients and community members about appropriate access, safe use and proper disposal of these medications.”

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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.

Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy’s role in the nation’s health care system. APTA represents more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and students of physical therapy.

Healthcare Leadership Council is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.

National Community Pharmacists Association represents the pharmacist owners, managers and employees of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. The nation’s independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises and independent chains dispense approximately 40 percent of the nation’s retail prescription medicines.