PA Foundation Supports PAs With Patient-Focused Resources for Safe Opioid Use
Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) has partnered with the PA Foundation to arm healthcare professionals, including PAs, with the resources they need to help prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids. The Foundation’s parent organization, the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), featured the Foundation’s partnership with AAOA in a spotlight article about AAPA member Sandra Alexander, PA-C.
The numbers surrounding the opioid epidemic continue to tell a sobering tale. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.; there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. And on April 5, the Office of the Surgeon General released its first nationwide advisory in 13 years – a specific call to arms regarding the opioid epidemic.
The opioid crisis is rightfully in the national spotlight, and PAs and all healthcare providers are on the forefront of the fight. Since PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, their contributions are critical to curbing the opioid epidemic.
In an effort to educate Americans and stem the tide of the opioid epidemic, the PA Foundation has partnered with nine other healthcare organizations to launch Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), “a national education and awareness initiative to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids.” AAOA’s goal “is to contribute to solving the opioid crisis in a meaningful way by educating patients about the rights, risks, and responsibilities associated with prescriptions opioids.”
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