Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) made its major league debut on July 30, joining the Minnesota Twins and the Hennepin County Sheriff Office’s #NOverdose campaign to raise awareness about the opioid abuse epidemic — an issue affecting communities across Minnesota and the rest of the country.
AAOA and #NOverdose volunteers greeted baseball fans as they entered Target Field to cheer on the Twins in their victory against the Cleveland Indians. From the opening ceremony to the final innings, AAOA and #NOverdose’s public service announcements and loudspeaker messages were broadcast to inform fans about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use.
AAOA rally rags and palm cards were distributed throughout the night for fans to take home and serve as a reminder about the steps they can take to prevent misuse and abuse of these pain medicines, including the importance of safely using, storing and disposing of prescription opioids.
We want to extend a big thank you to the Minnesota Twins organization for working with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and AAOA on this very important public health issue. Efforts to fight addiction and prescription opioid misuse are truly collaborative — and last night’s event was a great example of how local law enforcement, the healthcare supply chain and Major League Baseball can work together to combat the opioid epidemic.
We also thank the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the #NOverdose volunteers for their ongoing work in the Minneapolis area. Through the #NOverdose initiative, officials are working in the community to focus on responding to all aspects of prescription opioid abuse: prevention, response and recovery. In partnership with AAOA, #NOverdose also has raised awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities related to prescription opioid use at local community events with the House of Charity and the Basilica of St. Mary in April and at the May 23 Minnesota Lynx-Dallas Wings game.
AAOA looks forward to continued collaboration with the sheriff’s office and #NOverdose as we work together to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription opioid abuse and educate residents about how they can prevent future abuse through proper medication storage and disposal.
Learn more about the #NOverdose campaign and the local response by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office at www.hennepinsheriff.org/noverdose. Click here for more information about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids and to view additional AAOA materials.