ST. PAUL, Minn., July 20, 2018 – Addressing the prevalence of opioid abuse and misuse in the workplace remains a pressing issue for employers and employees across the country. To help combat the epidemic directly, Twin Cities-area business leaders gathered at an event hosted by Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) in partnership with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce today to highlight proactive steps that local communities and businesses can take to reduce the prevalence of opioid abuse and misuse in the future.
“A comprehensive understanding between employees, employers and human resources representatives is necessary to effectively address prescription opioid abuse in the workplace,” said Tom Whaley, Board Chair of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. “By sharing best practices, resources and educational materials, we can arm the Twin Cities business community with the information they need to mitigate abuse of these pain medicines.”
AAOA is a national education and awareness initiative bringing together stakeholders from public health, healthcare and the pharmaceutical supply chain to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. AAOA works at the local level with organizations like the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce to drive awareness, provide educational resources and discuss specific actions employers can take to address the opioid crisis in their industry.
“AAOA is committed to working with the business community to make a meaningful difference in reversing this public health crisis,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “Through our continued engagement with business and community leaders in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota, we are one step closer to developing solutions to help prevent further abuse and misuse of prescription opioids in the workplace.”
AAOA and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce were joined representatives from the MN Health Collaborative, Seaton Peters and Revnew, and TJA Business Law to facilitate a thoughtful discussion around the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use, which includes the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of these medicines.
“The opioid crisis knows no boundaries — its impact on the workplace costs employers through declining productivity and missed workdays, not to mention the burdens on family life and beyond the workplace,” Martin Kappenman, Employment Attorney at Seaton Peters and Revnew. “Recognizing the importance of understanding the rights, risks and responsibilities related to opioid use is one way every member of the community can ensure they are doing their part to help combat the opioid epidemic.”
AAOA and its national partners have created a full suite of online materials and resources to help patients, providers, pharmacists and the public understand the rights, risks and responsibilities related to opioid use available here.
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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.