TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 18, 2018 — Today, public health, education and law enforcement leaders encouraged community members to take proactive steps to prevent prescription opioid misuse and abuse in Leon County, particularly among college students. Hosted by Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and Florida State University (FSU) College of Social Work, the event featured speakers who shared first-hand experience about how the opioid epidemic has impacted county residents and families.
“More than one-third of college students nationwide report that prescription pain medications are easy to find, primarily from the medicine cabinets of parents or friends,” said Dr. Amy Magnuson, Interim Director of University Health Services at FSU. “By partnering with Allied Against Opioid Abuse, we are advancing our mission to ensure the health and wellness of every member of the FSU campus community, as well as educating Leon County residents about ways to prevent opioid abuse and misuse.”
AAOA is an educational initiative focused on engaging stakeholders in healthcare, public health and within the pharmaceutical supply chain to raise awareness and collaborate on efforts to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids in communities across the country. The event included participants from the FSU College of Social Work’s Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and University Health Services. In addition to FSU representatives, members of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Florida Department of Health and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office also attended the discussion.
“As Leon County law enforcement, we know that we have a role to play in raising awareness about the opioid crisis and educating the community about the dangers of opioid misuse, abuse and addiction,” said Captain Ed Cook with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. “As we look to reverse this epidemic, we are pleased to join Florida State University and Allied Against Opioid Abuse and provide educational resources to our community because it will help prevent opioid misuse, reduce drug-related crimes, and save lives.”
AAOA has worked with its partners to develop online resources and tools around the safe use, secure storage and proper disposal of unused opioid prescriptions and other medicines. Additional information to help patients, providers, pharmacists and the public understand the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids is available at www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org.
“One of the critical goals for AAOA is to foster a community approach to addressing this crisis,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “By partnering with organizations, like Florida State University and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, we can make in-roads in preventing another epidemic and provide critical support to patients, their family members and friends.”
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