ARLINGTON, Va., December 13, 2018 – Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national education initiative focused on engaging stakeholders in the healthcare community to help combat the prescription opioid abuse epidemic, announced today the addition of HealthyWomen as a new partner. HealthyWomen joins AAOA’s more than 55 national, state and local partners that are raising awareness and collaborating on efforts to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids.
“Reversing the dangerous trend of prescription opioid abuse and misuse requires a collective action among healthcare stakeholders across the nation,” said Beth Battaglino, RN, CEO, HealthyWomen. “By joining AAOA and its partners, we can confront the wide-reaching scope of this national public health crisis and support women and their families to make informed and responsible decisions about their pain management treatments.”
Founded in February by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA), AAOA works to help address the significant gap in education related to prescription opioid use by raising awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids. AAOA and its national partners have developed a full suite of online resources to help patients, providers, pharmacists and the public understand the important role they play in prescription opioid safety, including the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of pain medicines.
“The prescription opioid abuse epidemic is a complex and serious public health crisis that is affecting communities nationwide,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications, HDA. “By working with HealthyWomen and our other partners, AAOA will continue to engage and educate patients, their relatives and friends about the proactive steps they can take to ensure old and unused prescriptions do not end up in the wrong hands.”
Earlier this year, AAOA worked in with a team of physicians at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to create a video, “Managing Pain After Surgery: What You Need to Know,” to help educate patients and set expectations about post-surgery pain. AAOA also worked with its pharmacy partners to a release a toolkit to help assist pharmacists and pharmacy staff as they engage with patients around the rights, risks and responsibilities related to prescription opioid use. Visit www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.com to learn more about AAOA’s educational initiatives.
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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, BeMedWise, Caregiver Action Network, Gerontological Society of America, Healthcare Leadership Council, HealthyWomen, Men’s Health Network, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Transitions of Care Coalition 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.