BRECKSVILLE, Ohio, April 19, 2018 — Business leaders throughout Northeast Ohio gathered today in Brecksville to discuss ways to collaborate as they address prescription opioid abuse and misuse in the workplace and within their communities. The event, hosted by Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and the Brecksville and Broadview Heights Chambers of Commerce, featured speakers to discuss specific actions employers can take to help address the opioid abuse epidemic. Attendees from the business community also learned about the importance of properly disposing prescription opioids.
“From everything we know so far, combating the opioid epidemic is going to require a great number of diverse perspectives to tackle this problem from all angles,” said Jon Kozesky, Executive Director of the Brecksville Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited at the extra resources and support that Allied Against Opioid Abuse can contribute to this team effort, and look forward to involving them in more local conversations like we had today.”
AAOA is a national education and awareness initiative to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. AAOA partners with organizations like the Brecksville and Broadview Heights Chambers of Commerce to foster communication at the local level to drive awareness, provide educational resources and discuss new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis in Ohio and throughout the rest of the country.
“Business leaders play a vital role in addressing prescription drug abuse and misuse in the workplace and in the community,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “We look forward to continued engagement in communities across Ohio to help bring together diverse stakeholders to talk about the opioid abuse epidemic and develop solutions to address this public health crisis.”
AAOA helped facilitate a thoughtful discussion around the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with opioid use, which includes the safe storage and disposal of these pain medicines. The keynote presentation was given by Scott Osiecki, CEO of Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.
“Allied Against Opioid Abuse will be an important partner to us in our quest to find solutions to the opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio,” said Jim Moley, President of the Broadview Heights Chamber of Commerce. “The resources and stakeholders they can bring to the table are valuable in this fight, and we are glad to welcome them to our region.”
Properly disposing of prescription opioids can help prevent misuse and abuse before it occurs. Recent data show that the majority of those who misused prescription pain relievers obtained the medicine from a friend or relative.
Community members may safely dispose of unused medicines at the Drug Enforcement Administration-hosted National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28. For a full list of state and national disposal locations and programs, click here.
To help raise awareness about the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of opioids, AAOA has created a full suite of online tools and resources 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, 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.