Allied Against Opioid Abuse joined the Palm Beach Cardinals in hosting Opioid Abuse Awareness Night at the June 27 minor league baseball game in Abacoa, bringing awareness to the prescription opioid abuse epidemic in Florida and the Treasure Coast.
AAOA was joined by partners from local public health and healthcare organizations to share information with fans about preventing misuse and abuse of these pain medicines in their community.
“It was an honor to host Opioid Abuse Awareness Night here at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium,” said Andrew Seymour, general manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals. “Providing information from AAOA directly to our fans about the safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids helps everyone make responsible choices with medications, especially Wednesday night with our Silver Sluggers club members.”
Healthcare, public health and supply chain stakeholders
AAOA is a national coalition of healthcare, public health and supply chain stakeholders working in communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness about the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. AAOA was joined by local partners, including AARP Florida, the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, Head Start of Palm Beach/Lutheran Services Florida and the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition, to remind fans to safely store prescription opioids in locked cabinets and dispose of these medications promptly once they are no longer needed.
“With prescription opioid misuse on the rise among older adults, AARP was proud to take a stand alongside AAOA to educate seniors and retired people about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids,” said Ken Thomas, Regional Volunteer Director with AARP Florida. “At this event, Palm Beach County residents learned to embrace their rights as patients, understand safe opioid storage and identify local disposal options — resources that can save lives.”
Full suite of online materials
In collaboration with national partners, AAOA has created a full suite of online materials for patients and their families to learn more about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use. AAOA has also created an online search tool to help patients across the country search for opioid drop-off locations in their area.
“Education plays a significant role in preventing the potential abuse and misuse of prescription opioids,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications with the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, AAOA’s founding member.
“By partnering with these great organizations that are all working to stop prescription opioid abuse in Florida, we can ensure fans of all ages know to how to store opioids in a safe place and understand why it is important to promptly dispose of any old and unused medicines.”
Learn more about AAOA by visiting them online at www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org or on Twitter at @AAOA_Tweets.
This article was originally published in The TC Palm.