ARLINGTON, Va., March 5, 2019 — Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national coalition convening stakeholders from across the healthcare community to combat the prescription opioid abuse epidemic, announced today the addition of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) as its new partner. APhA joins 16 national partners and more than 50 state and local organizations that are engaging patients, caregivers, pharmacists, providers and the public to increase awareness around the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.
“Pharmacists are on the front lines with patients in addressing the opioid crisis. We serve important roles in patient care and in responsible stewardship of opioids for those patients who are prescribed these medicines,” said Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA, CEO for APhA. “Through our partnership with AAOA, we will promote collaborative care with prescribers and patients to achieve appropriate pain management and reduce the risk of potential misuse when prescription opioids are necessary.”
AAOA has taken an active role to engage the pharmacy community in patient and provider education efforts around prescription opioid safety by developing a pharmacy toolkit. The AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit is equipped with resources to help pharmacists engage with and educate patients about the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids.
“Pharmacists play a crucial role in helping patients and caregivers understand the importance of safely using, storing and disposing of prescription opioids,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “We welcome APhA as our new national partner and look forward to continued collaborations with the pharmacy community to increase awareness around the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with these pain medicines.”
With its commitment to educating communities across the country about preventing prescription opioid abuse and misuse, AAOA and its partners have developed a full suite of resources and materials around the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of opioid medications, including a patient engagement video to underscore that pain is a normal part of the healing process and an online disposal database to locate drop-off locations by ZIP code. For additional AAOA materials, please visit www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org/Act.
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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 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.