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.

National Partners

AAOA is a collaboration among several partners 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.

The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application in order to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.

The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 100,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide.

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.

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.

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.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $80 billion healthcare marketplace and employ more than 250,000 individuals on a full- or part-time basis.

The BeMedWise program at NeedyMeds provides one-stop access to affordable medications, healthcare services and patient education to promote safe use, storage and disposal 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).

Partnering with Local Communities

AAOA is committed to raising awareness about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids. Crucial to these efforts are our partnerships with local communities across the nation. Hear from our local partners by watching the video below:


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.

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