Public health and community leaders agree: the best way to fight opioid abuse is with a united front.
On April 17, 2018, Allied Against Opioid Abuse co-hosted a roundtable discussion with the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative, convening healthcare and community leaders in Largo, Fla. The event was covered by the Tampa Bay Reporter:
Public health officials met with community and business leaders to discuss opioid abuse in Pinellas County and to find the best way to combat the problem.
They found that there’s plenty of information available and work being done, but much of that is done independently with no sharing of information or coordination among stakeholders, said John Parker, senior vice president of communications for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the founding member of Allied Against Opioid Abuse. AAOA and the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative sponsored the roundtable discussion, which met earlier this month in Largo.
The multidisciplinary roundtable included representatives from the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, Florida Voices for Health, the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Sunstar Paramedics and the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative, with the support of AARP Florida and the Florida Association of Early Learning Coalitions.
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