AAOA Poll Supports Enhanced Communication Around Alternative Pain Treatments, Partial-Fill Prescription Options

Increased Awareness, Understanding of Patients’ Rights Supports Broader Efforts to Address Opioid Abuse, Misuse

ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2018 — More than two-thirds of consumers have not talked with their healthcare provider about treatment options beyond prescription opioids, according to a national poll from Morning Consult commissioned by Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA). The findings suggest that greater education and outreach is needed to support enhanced communication and to raise awareness about patients’ rights associated with the proper and safe use of opioids.

AAOA is a national education and awareness initiative to help combat the nation’s prescription opioid abuse epidemic. AAOA has brought together key stakeholders from the pharmaceutical supply chain, public health and healthcare communities with a focus on education about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.

Patients have certain rights when it comes to managing and filling opioid prescriptions. In addition to asking about alternative pain treatments, in many states patients have the right to partially fill a prescription. Partial fills allow patients to take home a smaller supply of prescription opioids and return for the remainder later, if needed. This can reduce the prevalence of unused pills in the home, therefore reducing the likelihood of abuse and misuse of opioid medications.

The national poll surveyed more than 2,000 adults from February 16–18, 2018. Additional highlights include:

  • Approximately 67 percent of respondents said they have not talked to their healthcare provider about alternative pain treatments to prescription opioids.
  • Nearly 50 percent said they do not know about partial-fill prescription options for opioids.
  • More than 33 percent said they would opt to have their next prescription partially filled.

To read a summary of the poll results, click here. AAOA provides healthcare providers, pharmacists and the public with resources and tools to help reduce instances of opioid abuse and misuse. To view AAOA’s resources, click here.

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.