PALM BEACH, Fla., June 28, 2018 – Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) joined the Palm Beach Cardinals in hosting “Opioid Abuse Awareness Night” at Wednesday’s minor league baseball game to bring awareness to the prescription opioid abuse epidemic in Florida. AAOA was joined by partners from the state’s public health and healthcare communities to share information with fans to help prevent misuse and abuse of these pain medicines in their community.
“It was an honor to host ‘Opioid Abuse Awareness Night’ here at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium,” said Andrew Seymour, General Manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals. “Providing information from AAOA directly to our fans about the safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids helps everyone make responsible choices with medications, especially Wednesday night with our Silver Sluggers club members.”
AAOA is a national coalition of healthcare, public health and supply chain stakeholders working in communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness about the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. AAOA was joined by local partners, including AARP Florida, MyClinic Jupiter, Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Council, Head Start of Palm Beach/Lutheran Services Florida and the Palm Beach Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition, to remind fans to safely store prescription opioids in locked cabinets and dispose of these medications promptly once they are no longer needed.
“With prescription opioid misuse on the rise among older adults, AARP was proud to take a stand alongside AAOA to educate seniors and retired people about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids,” said Ken Thomas, Regional Volunteer Director with AARP Florida. “At this event, Palm Beach County residents learned to embrace their rights as patients, understand safe opioid storage and identify local disposal options — resources that can save lives.”
In collaboration with our national partners, AAOA has created a full suite of online materials for patients and their families to learn more about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use. AAOA has also created a created an online search tool to help patients across the country search for opioid drop-off locations in their area.
“Education plays a significant role in preventing the potential abuse and misuse of prescription opioids,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications with the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, AAOA’s founding member. “By partnering with these great organizations that are all working to stop prescription opioid abuse in Florida, we can ensure fans of all ages know to how to store opioids in a safe place and understand why it is important to promptly dispose of any old and unused medicines.”
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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.