AAOA was back at the ballpark on August 23 to cheer on the New Britain Bees and raise awareness about the prescription opioid abuse epidemic in Connecticut. AAOA was joined by representatives from the Wheeler Clinics’ Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to educate fans about the importance of safe use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids.
AAOA and Wheeler Clinic volunteers greeted fans of all ages as they made their way into the New Britain Stadium with educational information about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with pain medicines. Fans were also reminded how and where to safely dispose of old or expired opioids and other medications that they may have in their home medicine cabinets.
We would like to thank the New Britain Bees and the Wheeler Clinic for their partnership during this collaborative effort. The opioid abuse epidemic is affecting communities across the country and we appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness about prescription opioid abuse and misuse in the New Britain area.
More information regarding the Wheeler Clinic’s work on local prevention, wellness and recovery efforts in Connecticut is available here. To learn more about AAOA and our educational resources about the safe storage and disposal of opioid medicines, visit www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org.