Allied Against Opioid Abuse

Who We Are

Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) is a national education and awareness initiative to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. Our goal is to contribute to solving the opioid crisis in a meaningful way by educating patients about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.

The initiative is a collaborative effort with diverse partners across the pharmaceutical supply chain, as well organizations that are experts in public health and healthcare. The Healthcare Distribution Alliance is providing the initial funding to support the formation of the organization.


AAOA is aligned with the healthcare and public health communities’ goal to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. As part of these efforts, AAOA will:

  • Build national and local partnerships to drive awareness among key constituencies (prevention, public health, healthcare, etc.);
  • Provide educational resources for distribution to patients at pharmacies;
  • Convene meetings with leading national industry groups and local organizations to discuss new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis; and
  • Promote take-back initiatives and disposal options across the United States.


AAOA is a collaboration among several partners across the drug supply chain and in the public health, prevention and healthcare communities, including:

Healthcare Distribution Alliance is the founding partner of AAOA and the national organization representing primary pharmaceutical distributors.

Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones.

Mental Health America is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations is dedicated to enhancing the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy.

National Council on Patient Information and Education is a nonprofit coalition of diverse organizations working together to improve health and stimulate conversation between healthcare professionals and patients about the safe, appropriate use of medicines.

PA Foundation empowers PAs to improve health through philanthropy and service and is the charitable arm of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA).

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