PTCB Joins APhA, NASPA and NCPA in Commitment to Educating Pharmacy Community About Prescription Opioid Safety
ARLINGTON, Va., June 5, 2019 – Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national education initiative focused on engaging stakeholders across the healthcare community to help address the prescription opioid abuse epidemic, announced today the addition of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) as a new partner. PTCB joins 18 national partners and more than 50 state and local organizations that are working together to raise awareness among patients, pharmacists, providers and the public about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.
“Prescription opioids carry a serious risk of addiction and overdose, so it is important that members of the pharmacy community take an active role in ensuring patients are fully informed about the risks, potential side effects and steps that can be taken to safeguard against misuse and abuse,” said William Schimmel, Executive Director and CEO of PTCB. “In our commitment to advancing prescription opioid safety, we look forward to working with AAOA to create materials and resources tailored to pharmacy technicians to educate them about the importance of knowing the rights, risks and responsibilities related to opioid medicines, which will ultimately help ensure patients and caregivers understand the role they play in preventing these medicines from ending up in the wrong hands.”
With its commitment to educating communities across the country about preventing prescription opioid abuse and misuse, AAOA and its pharmacy partners created a toolkit to help pharmacists engage in conversations with their patients and healthcare provider colleagues. The AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit includes resources to help patients and caregivers prevent abuse and misuse of these pain medicines when opioids are taken home.
“All members of the pharmacy community – from pharmacists to pharmacy technicians – have an important role to play in advancing prescription opioid safety,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “By continuing our work with PTCB and AAOA’s other pharmacy partners, we can ensure patients will be reminded of the rights, risks and responsibilities related to their opioid medications every time a prescription or refill is picked up.”
AAOA’s other pharmacy partners include the American Pharmacists Association; National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations; National Community Pharmacist Association; and state pharmacy associations in Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
To learn more about the AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit, visit www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org/PharmacyToolkit.
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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 Pharmacists Association, 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 Directors of Nursing Administration, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Consumers League, National Transitions of Care Coalition, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, 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.