Minnesota Lynx AAOA Event Was a Big Win for Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention Education

On May 23, the Minnesota Lynx beat the Dallas Wings 76-68. Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and our partner, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office’s #NOverdose campaign, were there — cheering the team on and working to reach every attendee with our message about prescription opioid safety.

More than 1,500 fans attended the game and received educational materials on the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioid use.

  • Rights: Patients have the right to know the full scope of pain relief options available to them, including non-opioid treatments. They should understand how their opioid prescription is dispensed and be aware of partial-fill options, which limit the number of pills patients take home initially.
  • Risks: Prescription opioids carry serious risk of dependence, addiction and overdose, especially with prolonged use. Patients should talk to their healthcare provider to make sure they understand the risks and potential side effects.
  • Responsibilities: Patients can help prevent misuse and abuse by properly storing their prescription opioids in a secure place. Patients also have the responsibility to safely dispose of any unused medication.

As a partner-based initiative, AAOA relies on the involvement of community stakeholders like the Sherriff’s Office. It was inspiring to witness their dedication to keeping local citizens safe. It was also great to see AAOA and #NOverdose featured on the Jumbotron!

Special thanks go to all the volunteers who pitched in for this kick-off event. Together, we are helping to address the opioid epidemic through education. And soon we will be taking our awareness game on the road — to Target Field and other destinations across the state all summer long.

Minnesota, stay tuned for how you can get involved! To learn more about how to safely and securely store pain medicines, as well as how to properly dispose of them, visit AAOA’s website, www.AgainstOpioidAbuse.org.