ARLINGTON, Va., January 14, 2019 – Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), an educational initiative engaging national and community healthcare partners around the rights, risks and responsibilities related to prescription opioid use, announced today the addition of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) as a new partner. NADONA joins 15 other national partners and more than 40 other community partners that are working together to raise awareness about the safe use, storage and disposal of opioid medications.
“As healthcare providers working with current and aspiring nurses nationwide, we are pleased to join AAOA and collaborate on resources to help educate patients about pain management and the potential risks associated with prescription opioids,” said Sherrie Dornberger RN, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, IP-BC, CDONA, FACDONA, Executive Director of NADONA. “We know the devastating effects misuse and abuse can have on patients and their families, and look forward to working with AAOA to stem the tide of this national public health crisis.”
Since its launch in February of last year, AAOA has been working with national, state and local stakeholders to create and drive awareness, provide educational resources and foster communication to combat the prescription opioid crisis in communities nationwide.
“AAOA is committed to working across the healthcare supply chain to develop and promote educational tools to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of AAOA. “We welcome our new national partner NADONA as AAOA continues to help patients, providers, pharmacists and the public understand the important role all of us play in prescription opioid safety.”
Last year, AAOA partnered with healthcare professionals to address the significant gap in patient education around prescription opioid use. AAOA and a team of physicians at The Johns Hopkins Hospital created a video, “Managing Pain After Surgery: What You Need to Know,” to help patients prepare and manage post-surgery pain. AAOA also worked with its pharmacy partners to develop a toolkit to equip pharmacists with resources to engage and educate patients around the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with pain medicines.
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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 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.orgor follow us on Twitter: @AAOA_Tweets.