Duluth-Area Business Community Gathers to Discuss Ways to Prevent Opioid Misuse and Abuse in the Workplace

DULUTH, Minn., June 25, 2018 — Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) joined the Northland Human Resource Association (NHRA) to bring together business and community leaders today for a discussion on workplace-based initiatives to help combat the opioid epidemic in the Duluth area. The event featured speakers from the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center and NuVantage Employee Assistance Program to help educate employers about prescription opioid misuse and abuse.

“The opioid epidemic has become so pervasive that no community is immune. Whether it is employees, their family members or neighbors, it is likely that someone in our workforce is impacted by the opioid epidemic,” said Patricia Stolee, Board Director of the NHRA. “NHRA is leading the effort to educate and provide resources to the business community to help combat prescription opioid abuse. We are thrilled to partner with AAOA and help start the conversation in the Northland business community.”

AAOA is an educational initiative bringing together national stakeholders in healthcare and public health to drive awareness, provide resources and discuss new approaches to addressing the opioid crisis in communities across the country. AAOA and its national partners have developed a full suite of online resources to help educate patients, providers, pharmacists and the public about the safe and proper use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids.

“AAOA is working at the local level to help communities raise awareness around the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use,” said John Parker, Senior Vice President of Communications with the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, AAOA’s founding member. “To ensure patients and consumers are making informed and responsible decisions about opioid treatments, we must continue to have thoughtful conversations like the one we had today.”

In addition to outlining local efforts and resources that focus on workplace opioid prevention, event participants learned about the importance of safely storing and disposing of unused and expired prescription opioids.

“Employee assistance programs are on the frontlines of opioid misuse prevention in the workplace and can be a vital resource to employees seeking assistance or more information on the issue,” said Tim Ollholf, Director of the NuVantage Employee Assistance Program. “We are grateful to partner with AAOA to provide a forum for building on this national conversation, both with employers and their employees, about doing everything we can to prevent opioid abuse and misuse.”

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Northland business community leaders gather in Duluth, Minn., to learn about workplace-based initiatives and resources to combat the opioid crisis.

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, Caregiver Action Network, Healthcare Leadership Council, Mental Health America, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Council on Patient Information and Education 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.org or follow us on Twitter: @AAOA_Tweets.