AAOA Joins Connecticut Business and HR Leaders to Discuss Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention in the Workplace

ROCKY HILL, Conn., September 20, 2018 — Business and human resources (HR) leaders from across Connecticut gathered in Rocky Hill today to discuss how the business community can play a role in addressing the opioid abuse crisis. Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) partnered with leading organizations representing Connecticut’s business sectors to host a forum on prescription opioid safety. Speakers shared their expertise and discussed potential areas of collaboration for preventing the misuse and abuse of pain medicines at work and in the home.

“HR and business owners often find themselves on the frontlines when addressing prescription opioid abuse in the workplace,” said Lois Krause, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Executive Committee Member for the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut. “To assist employers when they are having these delicate conversations, it is important that they have access to proper guidance and policies in place to help them effectively address these issues with their staff.”

AAOA is an education initiative bringing together national, state and local stakeholders to increase awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids, including the proper use, storage and disposal of these medicines. AAOA partnered with the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, Construction Management Association of America Connecticut Chapter, Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut, Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce and Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce, and to facilitate a conversation about how the business community can engage and leverage the workplace for opioid abuse prevention education.

“Business and HR leaders have an important role to play in preventing prescription opioid abuse and misuse in the workplace and the community,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, AAOA’s founding member. “Thoughtful discussions like the one we had today are a step in the right direction as we continue to engage in communities across Connecticut to develop and implement solutions that address this public health crisis.”

During the event, participants focused on how to best identify potential risks among the workforce and what steps can be taken to understand the rights, risks and responsibilities related to the safe use, storage and disposal of these pain medicines.

“The prescription opioid abuse crisis is impacting workforces of every size and in every sector across Connecticut,” said Mary Ellen Dombrowski, President of the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce. “By partnering with AAOA and other organizations, we can together raise awareness about the seriousness of this issue and ensure our community has the information they need to do their part in preventing further misuse and abuse of prescription opioids.”

Earlier this week, AAOA and its pharmacy partners, including the Connecticut Pharmacist Association, released a pharmacy toolkit to provide pharmacists with resources to engage and educate patients about the safe use, storage and disposal of pain medicines. Additional AAOA materials to help raise awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities related to prescription opioid use are available at www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org.

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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, 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 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.